I came across an article that claimed to make it easier to water squash! I was so excited that I posted the link on reddit... and then I found out that it was all a big scam!
GrandmaGos from Reddit said "It encourages the roots to grow in the direction of the pot where the water is and where the soil remains more moist, so you don't get a wide spread of roots. Normal watering encourages the plant to send roots in all directions. the water comes out of the drain holes around the bottom for deep root watering Only in one location. It doesn't encourage the plant to send its roots down deep, they will remain by the pot. If you plant several squash plants around the pot, their roots all end up competing in the same area of ground next to the pot. So no, not a Thing. It's not solving a problem that exists--it's a solution to a non-problem."
Why didn't I think of that? It makes perfect sense! But it's still cool, so, even though the advice from 101gardening.blogspot.com has been deunkbed, I'm sharing it with you. - Stephanie
Tips for growing squash, Place the seeds AROUND the pot. When you water, you water in the pot so the water comes out of the drain holes around the bottom for deep root watering
- To prepare a planting hill, dig a hole 2 feet deep and fill lit half full with compost. The plant roots will respond with vigor when they reach the compost.
- Place the pot in the center of the hole, with the lip extending above the ground 1 to 2 inches. Backfill the hole with the original soil.
- Prepare the seed bed by raking the soil smooth around the pot and tamping it down with a soil rake. Try to avoid getting any soil in the pot.
Once the seeds have germinated, we thin each hill to the two or three strongest plants. The plants turn a deep green when the squash roots hit the compost. As the plants grow larger, the sunken nursery pots give us the advantage of watering at root level. We also shovel some compost into the pots later in the season to give the plants compost tea as we water. Summer squash is a thirsty plant; we water in the nursery pots once or twice a week, even if there has been rain.