30 Second Guide to Growing Squash

Posted April 10, 2017 by Lauren Dibble in Gardening / 0 Comments

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guide to growing squash

In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid?

This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Squash should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a quick cheat sheet like this, so hopefully you’ll find it useful too!

Squash

Squash is a powerhouse vegetable. The plant grows huge, produces a good crop, and there are infinite ways to cook it up. It’s one of those plants that’s incredibly rewarding to grow. The kiddos and I love going out to the garden, playing peek-a-boo with the squash leaves, and harvesting a part of dinner.

It’s so important for kids to know where food comes from, and even better, if they grow it themselves, they’re more likely to eat it!

We do roasted butternut and spaghetti squash, yellow squash fries, zuchinni bread and muffins…I sound like Bubba from Forest Gump. The ways to cook it up are as endless as the varieties you can grow.

Commonly, squash can be broken up into two different types: Winter and Summer squash. Out of these two categories, come more than 50 other types of squash commonly found in the US. I haven’t experimented yet with any of the more rare varieties, but it’s on my Homesteading To Do List.

If you’re growing Squash this year, here’s what you need to know:

Soil pH

5.5-6.8

Sunlight

8+ hours

Water

1  – 1.5 inches per week

Planting Time

Direct sow after the last frost

Compatible With

Radish, Corn, Melon, Borage, Marigold, Oregano

Avoid Planting With

Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Pumpkin

Spacing

18-30 inches

Maintenance

Hand pollinate by shaking flowers daily. Mildew is a real concern, try to water the ground, not the leaves.

Harvesting Fruit

60-70 days

Saving The Seeds

Wash to remove flesh and strings. Dry out of direct sunlight 3-7 days. Store in a cool, dry place.


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