Harvest this glossy deep green oval squash when it’s about 5-6 inches in size. Steamed, it’s light yellow interior is much firmer than zucchini and it is sweet and very pleasant. It is a moschata squash which is more related to butternut than zucchini but used in the young, immature stage like zucchini is. Although a vining squash, this variety has rather restrained vines.
20 seeds (5 hills)
Vining Summer Squash
Packet plants 5 hills (20 seeds)
Plant squash in mid to lat May when the soil is warm. Summer squash is harvested young and immature while the skin is tender often beginning to bear before 60 days after sowing the seed.
A hill is simply a cluster of seeds planted together. You can dig a hole with a shovel and prepare the ground by adding compost and an organic non burning fertilizer to the mix and refill he hole and then poke 3-4 seeds each an inch or so apart into the soft soil so they are covered by an inch of soil. Sometime soil is actually mounded a few inches higher than the ground an it is actually a hill. This is done in areas where soil stays wet or it doesn’t drain well. This is not a common condition with our sandy soils. The hills should be 3-4 feet apart. Vining squash will generally sprawl over the ground, so plant accordingly.
C. pepois zucchini and will cross withacorn, delicate and dumpling and Halloween pumpkins. They will have angular stems. C. moschata is summer avocado squash and will cross with cheese and butternut squash which usually have a stem that flares out toward the fruit. Lagenaria species is a very strong vining squash with white flowers. Summer squash is well known and can be prepared many ways.
Squash is harvested for seed when mature and the skin become tough. Cut it open and scoop out the seed. In water you can separate the orange strings from the seed. Rinse the seed and dry on newspaper or screen until the seed breaks when bent. Squash flowers are insect pollinated so unless you can isolate the pollinating flowers squash will cross. Research techniques of hand crossing the flowers if interested or grow just one variety of squash.