Squash: Summer

Summer Squash #6

Summer Squash #6 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that vining squash can be grown in an elevated garden? Just make sure you train the vines to grow over the side or into a trellis – otherwise you risk the squash plant taking over your entire growing space!!

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Summer Squash #5

Summer Squash #5 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that squash are nutrient intensive? This means your spoil will need constant fertilization to make sure you get fruit and not just flowers! Squash also needs well worked soil and good drainage to thrive.

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Summer Squash #4

Summer Squash #4 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that Summer Squash is part of the cucumber family? While Summer Squash is technically a “squash”, we typically consume the immature fruit as a “summer” variety – where the skin and the flesh are considered edible.

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Summer Squash #3

Summer Squash #3 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that, while squash blossoms can be either male or female, they need pollinators to help achieve full pollination? If you are an apartment deck gardener, you may need to employ a soft-bristled brush to pollinate your female flowers (they will be the ones with an immature fruit or “bulge” just below the flower).

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Summer Squash #2

Summer Squash #2 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that summer squash is a warm weather crop? These plants enjoy night temperatures above 60 degrees and should not be planted until two to three weeks after the last frost. In Minnesota, we recommend using starter plants – you can start seeds four to five weeks prior to planting date.

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Summer Squash #1

Summer Squash #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that “Summer Squash” is made up of many varieties? From Zucchini to pattypan, crookneck, scallop and straightneck – all of these varieties are considered part of the “Summer” family.

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