Information About Squash

Squash Arch Ideas – Learn To Make A DIY Squash Arch

By Teo Spengler

If you’ve ever grown squash, then you know what the vines can do to your garden beds. It can also be crowding for other veggies you may be growing. A squash arch can help with these issues and become a nice focal point for your garden. To learn more, click here.

What Is A Blue Hokkaido Squash: Learn About Blue Kuri Squash Care

By Amy Grant

If you love squash but want to diversify, try growing Blue Hokkaido squash plants. What is a Blue Hokkaido squash? Only one of the most prolific, multi-use winter squash varieties available, plus, it’s beautiful. Click this article for more information.

Buttercup Squash Facts – Learn How To Grow Buttercup Squash Vines

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Buttercup squash plants are a type of kabocha winter squash and can be stored for a long time due to their hard rinds. As the name would suggest, the flesh cooks up with a sweet buttery flavor. For tips on how to grow your own buttercup squash, click this article.

Growing Squash Indoors – How To Grow Squash Inside Your House

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Can you grow squash plants inside? Yes, you can, and it’s relatively easy. They may be smaller, but indoor squash plants can produce a hefty harvest beginning about sixty days after planting. Sound like fun? Learn about growing squash indoors in this article.

Is Eating Tendrils Safe – Learn How To Harvest Squash Tendrils

By Amy Grant

Other cultures have more of a tendency to eat the entirety of their produce, meaning the leaves, stems, sometimes even roots, blossoms and seeds of a crop. Consider squash, for example. Can you eat squash shoots? Yes, indeed. Learn more in this article.

Winter Squash Varieties: How To Choose A Winter Squash Plant

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

When it comes to types of winter squash, gardeners have a huge selection from which to choose. Wondering how to choose a winter squash for your garden? Click the following article for more details about different kinds of winter squash.

What Is A Turban Squash: How To Grow Turk’s Turban Squash Plants

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Do you sometimes buy colorful vegetables for autumn harvest displays? Most likely, you were buying winter squash, and you may have included a turban squash in your purchase. Learn more about growing your own turban squash in this article.

Crookneck Squash Varieties: How To Grow Crookneck Squash Plants

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Growing crookneck squash is common in the home garden. Ease of growing and versatility of preparation make crookneck squash varieties a favorite. If you’re asking “what is crookneck squash,” then this article can help. Click here for more info.

Summer Squash Types – Different Summer Squashes You Can Grow

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Summer squash plants differ from winter squash because most summer squash varieties bear their fruit on bushy plants rather than vining or sprawling plants like winter squashes. But like winter types, there are numerous varieties. Learn about summer squash plants here.

Marrow Squash Plant – How To Grow Marrow Vegetables

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

In gardens in the UK and other countries around the world, “marrow” refers to certain varieties of summer squash because their oval shaped fruit contains a creamy white, spongy flesh surrounded by a hard but thin skin. Learn how to grow marrow plants in your garden here.

Butterkin Squash Information – How To Grow Butterkin Squash Plants

By Liz Baessler

Butterkin squash is one of those rare and exciting events: a new vegetable. A cross between a butternut squash and a pumpkin, the butterkin squash is very new to the commercial market, both for growing and eating. Learn more about it in this article.

Calabaza Squash Uses – How To Grow Calabaza Squash In The Garden

By Liz Baessler

While it's less common in the United States, Calabaza squash is not hard to grow and can be very rewarding, particularly when used in Latin American cooking. Learn more about how to grow Calabaza squash plants and Calabaza squash uses in this article.

Cucuzza Squash Plants: Tips On Growing Cucuzza Italian Squash

By Amy Grant

A favorite squash of Sicilians, cucuzza squash is gaining some popularity in North America. Never heard of cucuzza squash plants? Click here to find out what a cucuzza squash is and information about growing cucuzza Italian squash.

Cushaw Squash Plants – How And When To Plant Cushaw Squash

By Amy Grant

If you reside in the American South, you may be familiar with growing cushaw squash. These heirlooms have a number of benefits. So how to grow cushaw squash plants and what other interesting information can we dig up on them? Find out here.

Delicata Squash Information: Tips On Growing Delicata Winter Squash

By Amy Grant

Contrary to their name, winter squash are grown at the peak of summer and harvested in the fall. They have a hard rind and can, therefore, be stored for future use in a cool, dry area for months. What makes Delicata winter squash so special then? Find out here.

What Is Banana Squash: How To Grow Banana Squash

By Amy Grant

One of the most versatile squash out there is the pink banana squash. It can be grown and harvested as a summer squash or used like butternut squash. Learn more about growing banana squash in the garden with tips from this article.

What To Do For Squash And Pumpkin Rot Disease

By Amy Grant

What could be the cause for squash that is rotting on the vine or pumpkin rot disease? How can cucurbit fruit rot be avoided or controlled? Many cucurbits may be prone to decay while on the vine and this article can help.

Squash Is Bitter Tasting: Reasons For Bitter Squash Taste

By Amy Grant

Squash, especially zucchini, is a popular garden veggie loved by many. But have you ever had squash that is bitter tasting and, if so, is it still edible? This article will help with that as well as what causes bitter squash.

Hubbard Squash Care – How To Grow Hubbard Squash Plant

By Amy Grant

Green pumpkin refers not only to the color of the fruit at the time of hubbard squash harvest, but also to its sweet flavor, which can be substituted for pumpkin. Learn more about how to grow hubbard squash here.

Will Squash Grow In Pots: How To Grow Squash In Containers

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

When garden space is scarce, it is good to know that a number of plants will happily thrive in containers. There are a number of varieties of squash that are appropriate for container gardening. Learn more here.

Hollowed Out Squash: What Causes Hollow Squash

By Jackie Carroll

Hollow squash appears healthy until you harvest the fruit and cut it open to find a hollow center. Several factors can cause this condition, which is called hollow heart disease. Learn why this happens in this article.

Yellow Bumpy Squash: Why Is My Squash Bumpy

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

While yellow bumpy squash occur when summer varieties are left on the vine too long, there are other reasons for bumpy squash. Read this article to find out what else causes lumpy squash plants.

Picking Squash Blossoms – How And When To Pick Squash Flowers

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Squash blossoms are glorious golden blooms, which are not only attractive but also good to eat. Harvesting squash blossoms requires a little knowledge of the when and which ones to pick. This article can help with that.

Hardening Off Squash – How To Store Squash Over The Winter

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

It is important to know how to store squash to increase their life. The fruit needs a little preparation before keeping winter squash to enhance its freshness. To learn how to keep squash for the winter, click here.

How And When To Pick Acorn Squash

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Acorn squash is grown and harvested much like any other type of winter squash variety. Acorn squash harvest takes place once rinds have become tough rather than tender summer squash. Click here for more info.

Acorn Squash Growing Tips For Your Garden

By Jackie Rhoades

Acorn squash can be kept through the winter, unlike their thin skinned and vulnerable cousins, the summer squash. Learn how to grow acorn squash in your garden and find harvesting tips in this article.

Growing Winter Squash In Your Garden

By Kathee Mierzejewski

If you have been wondering how to grow winter squash, you shouldn't worry. Growing winter squash is no difficult task. There are many different varieties too. Click here for more information on growing winter squash.

Summer Squash Planting: How To Grow Summer Squash

By Kathee Mierzejewski

The summer squash plant is a versatile plant that can include so many different types of squash from yellow squash to zucchini. Growing summer squash is similar to growing any other type of vining plants. Learn more here.

Squash Pests: Identifying And Preventing Squash Vine Borer

By Heather Rhoades

Among the most nefarious of squash pests is the squash vine borer. Identifying and preventing squash vine borer can save your squash plants from a sudden and disappointing death. Learn how to control squash vine borers here.

Yellowing Squash Leaves: Why Squash Leaves Turn Yellow

By Heather Rhoades

Your squash plants were healthy and green and lush, and then one day you noticed that the leaves were getting yellow. Why are the leaves turning yellow? Read here for reasons and fixes for yellow squash leaves.

Can Squash Cross Pollinate With Cucumbers

By Heather Rhoades

An old wives tale says if you plan to grow squash and cucumbers in the same garden, you should plant them as far away to prevent cross pollination. So do squash and cucumber plants cross pollinate? Find out here.

Squash Fruit Falling Off The Plant

By Heather Rhoades

Occasionally a plant in the squash family will "abort" their fruit. It can be very frustrating for a gardener when this happens. Read this article to learn what to do for squash fruit falling off the vine.

Squash Blossoms Falling Off Vine

By Heather Rhoades

You just spent several weeks lovingly caring for a squash plant. Then the next thing you know, those squash blossoms are falling off the vine. What should you do? Read here to learn why squash blossoms fall off the vine.

Tips For Growing Squash

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Squash is among the most commonly grown plant in the vegetable garden. There are many varieties of squash and all are grown quite easily. Read this article for tips on planting squash in the garden.

A Month-By-Month Guide for When to Plant Vegetables in the South

Picture this: you step outside your house at lunchtime, hungry for a classic tomato sandwich (with your choice of mayonnaise, of course I prefer Duke's). You walk across your yard toward the garden and lean down to pick a fat juicy tomato, maybe a Cherokee Purple. It's warm, and when sliced, makes for a delicious sandwich. It's a beautiful thought.

And if you're looking out at your backyard right now and not seeing a garden, it's not too late! Treat this as your vegetable garden planner - it tells you when to plant vegetables. Remember, though, to make sure these are accurate according to your zone, as some of the times might shift.

What to Plant in January: Spend this month preparing the soil and the space you've chosen for your garden. This can be out in the yard, or you can grow vegetables in pots.

What to Plant in February: Beets

What to Plant in March: Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Potatoes (white), Radishes, Swiss Chard, Turnips

What to Plant in April: Pole Beans, Broccoli, Cantaloupe, Corn, Spinach, Squash (summer and winter)

What to Plant in May: Lima Beans, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Okra, Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Watermelon

What to Plant in June: Tomatoes

What to Plant in July: Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Pumpkins, Winter Squash

What to Plant in August: Kale, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots

What to Plant in September: Kale, Onions, Swiss Chard, Turnips

From October through December: Spend these months preparing your next year's planting guide!

Also, if there is something specific you want to grow and don't see it on the list, look into your state's extension agency's website. There, you can find resources to help you know when to plant your vegetables.

For other tips and helpful knowledge, read Southern Living's guide on starting a vegetable garden. If you're looking for an aesthetically pleasing vegetable garden, or you don't want to dedicate space in your yard to a garden plot, consider starting an edible garden of plants that are beautiful and functional. If you have questions, send them to the Grumpy Gardener!

You'll have plenty of vegetables to eat, but you probably won't be able to eat them all yourself. Give them as gifts or learn how to can and preserve them. Host a canning party!

Whatever you do, make sure to take advantage - or rather, eat - of all the beautiful fruits of your labor.

1- Materials

2 - Procedures

Step 1: Choose the right containers

Prepare containers that are at least 12 inches tall and 12 inches wide and with drainage holes. Half barrels are also perfect for container gardening but make sure to drill holes at the bottom.

Step 2: Prepare the stake

Check the growth information of the squash you are planting. Squashes can be bush-type or vining. If you are planting the vining type, you need to prepare the stake in advance. You could use a trellis, tomato cage or sticks in a teepee shape.

Step 3 - Choose the Right Soil

Squash grow best in a well-aerated and good-draining potting mix. Also, it would be best to add a handful of organic fertilizer into the mix. If you are planting seeds directly, fill the container with soil, leaving about two inches from the top. If you are transferring a young plant, fill the container with about ¾ soil. It is ideal to just grow one plant per path.

If staking is needed, put the stake before planting the seed or moving a new plant.

Step 4: Plant the squash

Plant the squash after the frost is past so that the soil stays warm. Before planting, you need to first decide if you go for seeds or young plants.

Squash plants don't like having their roots disturbed. That is why direct sowing is preferred for most varieties. As they mature quickly while requiring warm weather, the best time to grow squash is following early spring crops such as spinach and lettuce. You can directly sow any time starting in the spring to midsummer. Planting seeds in midsummer helps you avoid vine borers and other pests that are common in the earlier season.

For seeds, press about 5 seeds in the center of the pot. Cover them with ½ inch of potting mix. Water thoroughly after planting. Check the soil from time to time and be sure to keep it moist. When the seeds start to sprout and are a few inches tall, reduce to two plants and remove the others. Be sure to keep the most vigorous and healthy ones. Let the two plants grow in the same pot until they grow up to 10 inches high. You can then pull out one of the two plants and move it to another container so that there will only be one plant per container.

Alternatively, many gardeners are also successful in growing young squash. But when transplanting a young squash to the container, you need to be extra careful to avoid disturbing the roots.

For a young squash, plant it close to the stake and then fill in some potting mix around it. Water it slowly and thoroughly. Once the soil has settled, add more to fill the container until you are able to fill about ¾ to the top.

Step 5: Place the pot in the right location

Find a good location where your plant can get up to 8 hours of sunlight a day. A good location is also where the squash can be protected from strong wind.

Step 6: Regular care and maintenance

Watering. Regular maintenance is crucial to keep your squash healthy. You need to water it regularly to keep the soil moist. Plants in containers generally need more water than those plants that are in the ground.

Mulching. While squash is a sun-lover, extreme heat can also stress this plant. And when it is stressed, it production is reduced. One of the primary needs of a squash plant is a moist soil. Under extreme heat, the soil can easily dry out. To avoid this, mulching can help. Mulch regulates soil temperature. When the seeds are about two inches tall, you could start applying loose mulch of clean hay, straw or grass clippings among others. As your squash mature, you could add more mulch.

Fertilizer. To boost the growth of your plant, adding organic fertilizer would do the trick. You could apply organic fertilizer every four to six weeks.

Pests. As part of regular care and maintenance, you’ll also have to check the squash for pests. Cucumber beetles, aphids and squash bugs are just some of the most common pests you have to deal with.

You can deter cucumber beetles by covering your plant with a row cover. You may then remove it when the squash starts to form flowers to allow pollination. Aphids are easier to deal with. You’ll just have to spray the plants with water to knock them away. For squash bugs, you’ll need

Step 7: Harvest

While most varieties of squash can get too big and still be edible, you will be sacrificing on quality and prevent a subsequent harvest if you allow the fruits to get too big. That is why, according to SFGATE guide, if you are growing yellow squash, it is ideal to pick the fruits when they are about 6 inches long and not wider than 2 inches. Letting the squash mature too much will leave you getting a tough flesh that is full of seeds.

Like most vegetables, squash are tastiest and tender when they are harvested young and before their seeds have fully developed. If you are growing zucchini, pick it when it is about 4 to 6 inches long. But if you will use them for stuffed zucchini, you’ll have to let it grow up to 8 inches long. Crooknecks, on the other hand, are best harvested when they reach about 6 to 8 inches long.

3 - Tips in harvesting

When harvesting squash, cut the fruit from the vine with extra care. You can do it using garden shears or a paring knife. Don’t cut the entire stem, but instead, leave an inch above the fruit. Don’t twist or yank the plant when picking the fruit as it could damage the plant and rip the skin of the squash.

Frequent harvesting could increase your yield. This is true for most varieties of squash. When you regularly pick the fruits, the plant will produce all season long.

How to Plant & Grow Squash

1. Start Seeds (If applicable)

If you live in the Northern climate, then you may not have any other choice than to start the seeds indoors. The reason is that squash is very sensitive to too much heat or frost.

So if you are trying to grow summer squash, you’ll need to watch the last spring frost. If you are trying to grow winter squash, you’ll have to jump on it when the heat isn’t too bad but before the frost as well.

However, squash doesn’t transplant well. So if you must start the seeds indoors, you’ll need to use peat pots so you can plant the whole pot in the ground to give the seedling a greater chance at survival. You’ll need to start the seeds 2-4 weeks before the last frost.

Also, if you are growing summer squash, it is a good idea to plant a batch in the middle of summer because a lot of the pests that bother squash are gone by this point.

2. Soil Needs

Squash really aren’t that picky when it comes to soil. The main thing is the squash need full sun and need the soil to be moist but well drained. You don’t want soggy soil.

So if you can provide that for squash, then they’ll most likely grow without much of an issue. If they don’t, we’ll cover what could’ve possibly went wrong a few points down.

3. Plant

If you are planting your squash from seed (which is recommended if possible), you’ll want to plant them either in a garden bed or in a hill. In the garden bed, they’ll need to be planted 2-3 feet apart at about a 1 inch depth.

However, if you plant them in a hill, you’ll take 3-4 seeds and place them together. Then mound dirt in around them. If you are in the north, hill planting is recommended because the seeds stay off of the ground directly, which provides more warmth for germination. The hills will need to be 5-6 feet apart.

Also, for planting purposes, you’ll need to know that most summer squash varieties now come in bush form. Winter squash varieties are in vine form. So plan accordingly if you are growing a vine. Vines need to be planted about 8-12 feet apart.

Plus, almost all squash are fully matured and ready for harvest in 60 days.

4. Water and Fertilize

The final step to planting squash is to water regularly and consistently. One time a week, you’ll need to water the plants deeply. This means that you’ll give the squash plants about an inch of water so the water will reach the roots.

Harvesting Zucchini and Yellow Squash:

**Once they are standard size, try to pick your summer squash every day. Try not to let them get more than 7 inches long (otherwise productivity slows down).

**Cut off the squash with a serrated knife. Pulling or twisting them may damage the plant.

**Harvest the blossoms in the morning when they are wide open so that they are fresher, firmer, and easier to use/eat.

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