When you grow squash, you’re growing so much more than just another vegetable. Some varieties of this versatile, sun-loving vine make an ideal meat substitute; others can be swapped for pasta. And we all know about those used for bath sponges, dippers, birdhouses, and jack-o-lanterns! Squash in the chameleon of the garden, prepared to do duty wherever you need it.
To grow squash, you really only need 3 things: sunshine, lots of space, and a dash of patience. It’s one of the easiest of all vegetables, and among the most satisfying. From the giant blooms (also edible) to the fruit that ripens almost before your eyes, squash delivers the goods in great big armfuls! Choose quick-maturing, soft-shelled summer squash (zucchini, crookneck, pattypan, scallop, tatuma, and straightneck) and longer-growing, hard-shelled winter varieties (pumpkin, butternut, buttercup, acorn, spaghetti, delicata, and kabocha). Both types are direct-sown in spring after the soil has warmed up, and are super-easy to grow.
Squash is native to North America, and is one of the vegetables used in traditional Native American Three Sisters plantings. Discover this homegrown treat in your garden this season, and we predict you’ll be back for many new varieties every year! And to get you growing, take a look at our tip sheet . . .