How to Grow Squash

How to Grow Squash

Squash – Summer (Cucurbita pepo melopepo) Winter (Cucurbita maxima)

These are really types of marrow and include some of the best known varieties. It is, however, the lesser known sorts that are usually meant when squashes are referred to.

Seeds can be sown in prepared stations in the open ground and if the sites are covered with cloches or jam jars, this will encourage germination. Once growth is seen, jam jars must be removed and according to weather conditions, the plants may need covering with cloches for a week or so. When glass coverings are taken away, place brushwood among the seedlings. This gives protection from ground winds.

how to grow squash If slugs have been particularly troublesome, put down slug bait. Pinch out the growing points to encourage side shoots which are the most likely to be fruitful. Hand fertilisation can be practised, although it is usually done by wind, bees and other insects.

Make sure the plants never want for water. In naturally dry soils, it is best to prepare sites by digging 60cm deep holes and filling them with decayed manure, leaf mould and other humus forming, moisture holding matter. As necessary, organic liquid feeds are most helpful, but do not apply artificial fertilisers. These increase the size of the seed in the fruit.

Store the fruit in a dry, warm place. In a cold shed or cellar, the fruits lose their flavour as well as being liable to decay.

Varieties: Hubbards’ Squash has green skin with yellow stripes and yellow flesh. Custard Marrow, Summer Crookneck, Giant Straightneck, Rotherside Orange and Cocozella are fine bush varieties maturing in summer. For storing in a frost proof dry place for winter use, Butternut and Golden Delicious are first class.

04. December 2010 by admin
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