Easy Grow: Squash

Squash are one of the more challenging vegetables to grow, but when done right they can produce a bountiful and tasty harvest.

Starting: Squash is best started outdoors after the year’s last frost. It can be started indoors but it needs to be transplanted very carefully, as the roots are easily disturbed.

Sunlight: Squash require full sun for long periods of the day. Try to plant them in a west or south facing bed.

Water: Soil should be watered regularly and kept moist but well drained. Soil should be watered consistently, as unequal levels of soil moisture can give squash diseases.

Spacing: Squash should be planted 2-3 feet apart from one another.

Misc. Tips: Squash are sensitive to heat, but especially to frost. They should be planted only in warm soil, and are typically started in midsummer. Squash can be more disease prone than other plants, so be sure to keep them in an environment that isn’t conducive to fungal infections or pests. The best way to do this is to plant them in a polyculture with other vegetables that compliment each other.

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