How to Grow Winter Squash in The Summer

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I like this fruit and I really love to grill squash. I usually go over to the farmers market and pick up some fresh squash. I they heard at the farmers market that winter squash is SUPER easy to grow and does really well In the heat. Winter squash is a warm season vegetable that grows and produces well in Arizona. It is different from summer squash because it is harvested and eaten in the mature fruit stage, when the seeds within have matured fully and the skin has hardened into a tough skin. Planting winter squash is best done in the summer heat between May 10 thru July 1st. The winter squash does NOT germinate well in cold soil and may be damaged due to frost.

Since this is a vine plant make sure you have enough room, best suitable for larger gardens.

Plant 5 seeds per mound. Once they start to grow thin to 3 0r so plants per mound.

After germination make sure to water regularly and keep the weeds out, and in my case keep your 3 year old out of it.

It’s time to harvest once it turns a deep, solid color, with a hard rind. Cut the squash from the vine carefully, try to leave 1 ½ – 2 inches of stem still attached.


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