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Snipping vines

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Pumpkins and squash are starting to mature in the garden, and they look good. But you know what's going to happen in the not too distant future? It's going to get cold, it's going to get dark, and it's going to get frosty!

So, if you have pumpkins and winter squash and they're not quite mature yet, you need to encourage them a little bit. The way to do that is to snip off the vine tips. Do that now so the vine will send more energy into maturing the pumpkins, winter squash, and all of the other squash, and even some melons, that are forming on the plant. They'll mature faster.

It's always a race toward the end of the season to try to get these fruits to ripen, before the frost comes and kills them.

The last thing you want to have them do is keep vining and vining and putting energy into producing new leaves.

You also want to snip off the flowers, too, because anything that sets fruit this time of year is really not going to have enough time to grow big enough and then mature before we get that killing frost. So, snip off the flowers of pumpkins, squash, and even the tomatoes.

Snip off the tiny tomato fruits that have formed so that the green ones that are on that plant will have enough time to mature. This way you'll have great crops in September and October and not have to wait and wait and get nothing!

~by Charlie Nardozzi

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