So the East end of my mounded row bed where three of the unprotected winter squash were planted is about to become vacant due to SVB damage. The winter squash are immature but will have to be harvested and made the best of.
It's one of my sunniest spots. The worked soil area is approximately 3 feet x 4 feet (the squash vines had expanded a couple more feet out onto the papered and mulched grassy area) -- but I can't DIG those extra two feet.
The bed is located where this side of the property slopes down to the fence, so when it rains or when I water a lot (over 1") the paths on both sides are flooded with approximately two inches of water. The bed is mounded well above that -- at least 8-12" or more. But the deeper root zone could remain flooded for a couple of days.
But so far, we have tended to have drought conditions and ALL THAT moisture gets sucked right up by the dry ground. I have a small bog garden just beyond (1 foot past the papered area) which holds excess water for a while, which keeps this area from completely drying up in the drought.
WINTER SQUASH seemed to have loved the conditions here.
I'm looking for suggestions on what would be ideal medium maturing crop to plant here now? (We're probably looking at about 85 - 90 days to possible first frost ...minus "Fall Factor" of two weeks brings us down to 71 - 76 days.)