Growing squash and cucumbers in Florida can be a challenge for gardeners who are not used to dealing with the climate and soil. Planting season is in September for squash and cucumbers. The soil, if it is sandy, will need to be amended. Add nitrogen-rich soil, such as black cow brand soil made from manure, and topsoil. Then test the ph. If it is too acidic, add lime.
It is important to get vegetables that fruit on vines off of the soil. Flowers and fruit will rot when it is hot and rainy and cook on the hot, sandy soil. So, build a trellis for squash and cucumbers and other climbing or trailing fruits. You can train the squash and cucumber vines to grow up the trellis. Trellises, if vertical, also save space. (Source: Conversation with Jim Lee, owner of Lee's Vineyards and Former President of the Tampa Bay chapter of the Rare Fruit Council).
Remember to compost or bury vegetable and fruit scraps from the kitchen to enrich the soil. Do not put meat, dairy and fats in your compost. Also, grass clipping and leaves are good for the compost and can be used as mulch and then turned into the soil during the fallow season. Do not put weeds in the compost. (Various sources, including conversations and practice with Scott Lesher and Meagan Ingram, who practice permaculture in Greensboro, NC)
Do you have any tips for growing trailing or vining fruits or vegetables? Please add any pointers to the discussion.