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Summer Squash

summer-squashPlant squash seeds after last frost date. Fill the 13 inch round container with soil to one inch below the rim. Plant 3 seeds one inch deep in the middle of the container. Cover with soil. You do not have to make a hill as the “container” is your hill. If you wish, you can make a small hill in the middle of the container and plant the seeds in the hill. When the squash seedlings are 2 inches high, thin to one plant per container.

In larger containers you can have 2 to 3 plants per container.

Summer Squash is different than winter squash because it is harvested before the rind hardens and the fruit matures. It is eaten fresh and not stored. Harvest when the fruit gets 6 to 8 inches long. Many people wait too long to harvest and the fruit gets seedy. If you do get large squash, use for baking in breads. The more you harvest early, the more squash you will get.