Pick a squash, any squash…

by Amy on April 12, 2008

The last few years I’ve been focusing my vegetable gardening efforts on heirloom tomatoes, but this year I’ve decided I want to master the growing of squash. I’ve grown a few here and there in past years, but not with any overwhelming or satisfying amount of success.

Going through my seeds this morning, I’ve counted thirteen varieties. Obviously I don’t intend to grow this many types of squash plants. They would require much more space than I have, and really, what am I going to do with thirteen kinds of squash, all sitting around in piles at harvest time?

More pumpkin, etc. seedlings.

Various pumpkin and squash seedlings hardening off last year.

Here’s what I have:

Dill’s Atlantic Giant
Musquee de Provence
Lumina Pumpkin
Long Island Cheese Squash
Sugar Pumpkin
Jarrahdale Pumpkin

Pumpkin Vine

Jarrahdale pumpkin vine at the back of our yard two summers ago. I had one fruit from the plant.

Swan Neck Gourd
Mixed Gourds
Early Yellow Crookneck Squash
Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck Squash

White Patty Pan Summer Squash
Swan White Acorn Squash
Grey Zucchini

Grey zucchini plant

Grey zucchini in my garden last summer.

I’m leaning toward those in the list that are bold. What do you think? I’d love to hear any tips or tricks for growing squash and pumpkins in a back yard or community garden plot.

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