Squash, Summer

(Cucurbita pepo) Summer squash are grown for immature fruit, which can be harvested all summer long. The species is C. pepo on all summer squash varieties listed here, unless otherwise noted. Direct seeding in place is highly recommended. Alternatively, they may be started earlier indoors and transplanted later, but it should be noted that they will become terribly stunted if they become even a little bit pot bound! The rule of thumb to avoid squash becoming pot bound is to never let them sit longer than 3.5-4 weeks in their pots and transplant very carefully. Ideal germination temperature is 70-95 F. Sow clusters of 3-4 seeds 1/2 to 1 inch deep and thin to strongest seedling. Seeds will germinate in 5-14 days. Squash plants like rich, well-draining soil and lots of sun. Plant in late spring or early summer and harvest before a hard frost. Succession sow for continued productivity.

COOK IT! Summer Squash Recipes HERE 

GROW IT! Summer Squash Growing Tips HERE

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