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Old 05-03-2010, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Between Heaven And Hell.
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What I have always been told is that it is because they are heat-loving plants and also that they do not do well in poor drainage. Mounds allow for more heat and the elevation prevents the roots from rotting in wet weather, both of which are considerations in my location.

Edited to add that I have never heard of mounds being made primarily of compost. I heap up garden soil, which of course I try to keep enriched with manure but the mounds are composed of nothing different than the other plants.
Sorry, I suppose I should have said, composted, or composting, kitchen and garden waste.
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Old 05-03-2010, 09:55 AM
 
Location: NC, USA
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our ancestors knew not to feed the weeds, but only the crop.
Perhaps a good idea in the days before soil testing, commercial fertilizer, and/or Miracle-Gro.
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Old 05-03-2010, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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Take it back a little further. The first inhabitants here taught the Pilgrims to garden in the "three sisters method".

How to Grow a Three Sisters Garden: Native American Method of Planting Vegetables

Works for melons because they are related to squash and have the same growing tendencies.
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Old 05-03-2010, 01:21 PM
 
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Take it back a little further. The first inhabitants here taught the Pilgrims to garden in the "three sisters method".

How to Grow a Three Sisters Garden: Native American Method of Planting Vegetables

Works for melons because they are related to squash and have the same growing tendencies.
I may try that.
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Old 05-04-2010, 02:10 PM
 
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Once the vines are covering everything, the mound makes it easy to spot where the root is.
that's the most - and possibly only - logical reason for hilling i've heard.
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Old 05-04-2010, 02:42 PM
 
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It worked for the Indians for thousands of years..back when life or death depended on the crop.
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Old 07-26-2010, 06:32 AM
 
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OP's Conclusion:
Melons and squashes (and cucumbers!) do fine with no mounds.
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I would agree, it has more to do with tradition. We have never grown squash on hills or mounds. If we had them, we would, but I am not about to build a bunch of hills and valleys for my squash family.

Nita
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