Squash – Summer Or Winter Types Are Easy To Grow

Squash Growing – Do So At Your Own Risk They may over run your garden. You may have so many fruits that you can’t give them to your neighbors as fast as your vines can produce them.

Squash require a moist soil and should be fertilized about every 2 weeks during their growing season with a 1/4 cup NPK 5-10-5 or 10-15-10 fertilizer.

Growing Squash is not for the timid! Whether it be delicious green zucchini, yellow straight or goose neck squash or one of the many hard skin winter type squash, they are all vigorous vine plants. Given ample water and fertilizer they can soon cover everything in sight. One healthy vine may cover 60-75 or more square feet of your garden.

Summer squash do not keep well and should be eaten fresh from your garden. They are best harvested in early morning hours. Leave a inch of so of the stem attached to your squash. This will help keep them fresh longer if your don’t prepare them the same day you pick them.

Winter squash is hard skinned and is a good keeper for long term storage. There are dozens of varieties of winter squash available to the home gardener. I like the Butter Nut types.
They have a pleasant taste are good keepers and can be baked, broiled, boiled and used in making bread’s and soup’s. What ever variety you grow harvest them ‘Before’ night time temperatures fall below 50 degrees. Squash are warm weather loving plants. Plants and fruit are easily damaged by night time temperatures below 50 degrees.

Storing Winter Squash is simple and easy. Butternut squash stored at a temperature around 50 degrees will store well for 2 or 3 months.

Squash market. OSU website has a good information page on when and how to harvest and store your winter squash harvest.

Insect pest and fungus can be a problem. How ever both can be easily treated if caught early and treated with the proper fungicide or insecticide. Giving your plants a mild dish soap bath using a hose end sprayer is helpful in preventing both insect damage as well as any fungus infections.

The ‘Squash bug’ Is Not Your Friend! And can cause a lot of damage or even kill your squash plants if not treated and controlled. This same bug will also attack cucumbers and melon plants. Start your spraying program at the first sign of these vine killing pest.

I have had some success in controlling insects by allowing my chickens, ducks and geese limited time access to my garden plot. Grinning, of course they do from time to time take a bite or two from my plants, but, it is a trade off. I can let the bugs have the garden, spray with harsh insecticides or allow my birds the occasional bit of fresh squash.

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10 responses to “Squash – Summer Or Winter Types Are Easy To Grow

  1. Oh boy, I knew a squash plant bore heavily; thus I only planted two (one of each variety). I also knew they needed a space to spread; learned that the hard way last year and gave them their own pots this year. However, your statement about them vining has set fear in me as I imagine them spilling out of their pots and across my patio. I knew they were related to cukes & melons but didn’t realize they vined as well 😦

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    • Thanks for taking time to visit my tiny blog.
      I would not be overly concerned about squash vines. Many of the newer hybrid varieties can or should be classified as bush types. Vines that cover no more than 2 or 3 feet(less than 1 meter) of space.
      Happy gardening

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  2. We love squash! We grow several types of zucchini green ones, yellow ones, striped, spaceships, 8-ball. Sorry, I don’t know the technical names 🙂

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    • Not to worry. I think technical names was started by a Italian gardener wanting to impress his neighbors with his gardening skills and knowledge.
      Happy gardening.

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  3. butchcountry67

    Reblogged this on ButchCountry67 and commented:
    This Gentleman knows his stuff when it comes to gardening, far more than I do, I often go to his site for insight , all I know after reading this post is I am going to be up to my ears in squash! … don’t be surprised if come harvest to read about me offering to mail free squashes to you all ! lol

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  4. butchcountry67

    oops, I just planted about 30 winter spaghetti squash seeds today, and after reading your blog and your OSU link… I think I will be up to my ears in squash, I also planted about 30 watermelon seeds and about 50 pumpkin seeds… I think I may be in a bit of a bind now lol

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    • Grin … I hope you have a vegetable setting along side a busy road..
      Can you google canning vegetables and squash and pumpkin recipes?

      Thanks a gadzillion for the re-blog.

      Happy Gardening

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      • butchcountry67

        lol , I will certainly be googling canning and preserve recipes for the squash and pumpkins , I think come harvest time I am going to be a tad busy lol

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