Squash Growing Guide

All you need to know to grow successfully!

Plant Family:
Cucurbitaceae
Plant Type:
Annual
Typical Season:
Warm season
Typical Zones Grown In:
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Growing Difficulty:
Easy

Tips By Limitless Growth to Growing Squash Successfully

Squash is one of the most amazing crops to have in your garden.  They climb up a trellis so make use of vertical space more than most.  Squash arches can be one of the most beautiful structures you can have in your garden!  The production per square foot is almost unparalleled and the variety of uses for your harvest is incredible!

Squash has many different uses and when we refer to squash we’re talking spaghetti squash, acorn squash, butternut, and more!  Spaghetti squash has a striking resemblance to your favourite dinner time staple but is actually healthy.  Butternut makes some of the best soup you could imagine (have you ever had butternut coconut curry soup?… AMAZING!).  Acorn is just straight-up delicious when roasted.

Our biggest tip is to make use of the vertical space.  These babies will climb, so make sure you let them.  If you don’t then they may get attacked by rodents and the yield will be much lower.  You’ll also be wasting some valuable ground space.  When it comes to trellis plants you want to make sure it’s not shading out another crop.  We’re planning on building a trellis arch on the side of our house this year!

The following is a guide to growing your squash plant successfully.  Make sure you check out the organic growing section at the bottom!

Planting Guidelines

The following are general guides to follow. However, nothing is set in stone. Feel free to experiment!

How to Start:
Direct Sow, Start Indoor
When to Direct Sow:
May, June
When to Start Indoors:
April, May
Sprouting Time:
7-14
Soil Temperature (C):
25-35
Depth:
2cm (1″)
Spacing (cm):
60cm (18-24″)
Row Spacing (cm):
90-120cm (36-48″)
Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Maturity Time:
60-100
When To Harvest:
August, September
How to Harvest:
Pick regularly to encourage the plant to keep on fruiting. Zucchini leaves are often very prickly, so pull delicate skinned fruit out carefully. Fully mature zucchini have a hard skin: chickens like them.

Health Benefits

Growing your own food is one of the best things you can do for your health. Let’s check out some of the health benefits!

Is It Edible?
Yes
Edible Parts:
Leaves, flower, and Fruit
Potential Health Benefits:
Eye Health, Depression Fighter, Skin Health, Nutrient Dense

Tips to Growing Organically

Growing without the use of pesticides and herbicides is easier than you may think and it’s better for the environment!

Companion Plants:
Corn, Lettuce, Pea, Radish
What Plants to Avoid:
Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Collards, Kale, Turnip
Common Pests:
Common Disease:
Mildew on leaves. To combat this it's best to avoid overhead watering.
Bonus Grow Tips:
Squash likes to climb, so it's a good idea to set up a trellis or a squash arch!

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