I had a Volunteer squash plant pop up in early August amongst my tomato plants. I have never planted squash, must have gotten there from some compost I buried a few feet away.
I left it there to see what it would do, figuring it wouldn't amount to much since it was so late in the season, well it flowered, wilted, then the vine grew right thru the chain link fence into my neighbors yard and into a bush on the other side of the fence. I basically forgot about the vine.
This weekend I looked thru the fence while picking tomatos and there was a Butternut squash growing in the neighbors bush I wasn't expecting that at all since the leaves of the vine weren't looking all that great and I didn't think the plant would flower any more.
My questions 3:
1: The squash is almost touching the ground. Should I try to get it off the ground or is it ok? Maybe I should try to trellis it on the fence, that way I'm not tresspassing in her yard when I work with it
2: Should I throw a bit of compost near the base of the vine?
3: I noticed that the vine has those little hairs on it like a tomato plant. If I cover the vine w/ soil, will it produce roots like a tomato stem would?
I'm just trying to get that thing rippened asap as our nice weather in MN will disappear very soon.
Thanks in advance!