P7160002This year we decided to germinate the winter squash seeds with drip lines placed on top of the seeds. This way we used less water and hence less fuel to pump it. We also got a more even germination.

Normally we use sprinklers then cultivate and only put the drip lines down when the crop is thinned and hoed. With the drip lines in place from day one we needed to remove them so that we can hoe the crop. A couple of years ago we bought a hydraulic tape winder. This makes the picking up of the tape much easier. It is collected on rolls that make it easy to unwind and reinstall the tape after all the cultivating is complete.

The drip lines will stay in the crop until after we have harvested the squash.