Tuesday, 6 August 2013
Growing Winter Squash
Winter squash seems to be a lot easier to grow than its relative, the pumpkin. Or at least it is a much more successful plant for me to grow! I don't bother with seedlings, rather I just put the seed direct in the soil - a week or two before the last frost is usually OK, but not much earlier as it does not take long for the seed to germinate and sprout.
This year, I have planted both butternut and, for the first time, acorn squash. I have several of each in raised gardens. They are flourishing; in fact, I regret putting them in the raised gardens so close to the herb garden as their vines are becoming difficult to contain.
I have a number of butternuts already. The immature fruit is pale green with white stripes. They are not ready to harvest until they've fully turned tannish brown.
Being the first time I've grown acorn squash, I'm not sure of the full maturing process, but most certainly they will need to become a dark green before harvesting.