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Yellow squash is one of our favorite vegetables to grow and to eat. Our family is very passionate about gardening. We love growing a large variety of vegetables. We also love eating vegetables fresh and preserving the harvest. Yellow squash happens to fit right in with our wants and needs.
We like to grow an heirloom garden because it is a sustainable option and preserves valuable vegetable varieties. When it comes to our summer squash, we choose heirloom types of straight neck and crook neck yellow squash. I think they taste about the same but I enjoy having a little variety in the looks.
Yellow squash are on my list of easy to grow vegetables. They don’t require much effort and seem to flourish.
Yellow Squash – An Easy to Grow Vegetable
Yellow Squash do best when they are started from seed. Plant seeds at 1″ depth and space the seeds out with at least 18″ and up to 36″ apart. About 6-12 days from when you sow your seeds, little seedlings should begin to emerge. It is a good idea to plant several seeds in one spot and thin to the strongest plant when they get their first true leaf.
Squash do best in soil that drains well and is rich in organic matter or compost. They also like a sunny spot where they get full sun for at least 7 hours a day.
When your squash reach about 2″ in height, adding mulch around them helps to prevent weeds, retain moisture, and keep the soil temperature regulated.
Yellow squash need to to be watered once to twice a week at at least an inch deep for good root development. It is best to keep water off of the leaves and just water at the base of the plant.
If you want to save seeds, be mindful of other squash varieties and the distance required between them to prevent cross pollinating.
Yellow Squash are usually ready to harvest at around 60 days. You want to pick them when they are about 6″ long. If they get too big, they do not taste as good, they can become bitter and tough. Livestock do happen to love overgrown squash. You can also save seeds from yellow squash that are too large to eat. Composting them is another great option. No reason for any to go to waste!
Be sure to pick your yellow squash often for continual harvest. They tend to be prolific and you’ll likely have plenty to eat, share, and preserve.
Growing yellow squash is so easy, even a baby can do it.
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Here are some great posts from my friends on summer squash:
CeAnne at St Fiacre’s Farm makes Sourdough Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Danielle at The Rustic Elk has advice on squash bugs
Laurie at Common Sense Home makes Zucchini Gummy Candy
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