Winter Squash

Spaghetti Squash

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Winter Squash

When to plant winter squash: direct sow two weeks after last Frost.

Spacing: 1 per 9 square feet.  But for square foot gardeners, 1 to 2 square feet.  Grow vertically for optimum space efficiency.

Companion Planting:

Squash helps: corn, beans.

Squash is helped by radishes.  Grow icicle-type radish around squash and allow them to go to seed to repel insects.  Nasturtium repels squash bugs.  Squash is also helped by sunflowers, buckwheat, catnip and tansy.

Avoid planting with: potatoes.

Other predators: squash vine borer and squash bug.

Diseases: powdery mildew.  Water the root – not the plant.

Time to harvest: 12 weeks for winter squash.

How to harvest winter squash: Can be picked in late fall and eaten all winter.  Usually harvested after light frost has killed the vines.  Cut squash off vine leaving at least 2 inches of vine on squash.  Set squash in sun for a couple of days to cure – but don’t leave out during frost.

Storing: store winter squash at 40 to 50 degrees F.

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