Squash and Pumpkins

One of the more popular types of plants in my garden is squash. Pumpkins, squash, and zucchini all belong to this plant group. Of all the varied types of squash out there they fall into two basic categories; summer squash and winter squash. Winter squash or squash which ripens later in the season and they are meant for storage into the cool fall/winter months. They will be showing up in the future Plant of the week articles.

The summer squash is a fast-growing squash that is meant for consumption during the summer months when the vegetable is tender and fresh. A popular and easy to grow summer squash is the zucchini.

The Endeavor squash is a zucchini which grows quickly and produces a lot of fruit from a central bush — maturing after only 45 days with an abundance of 4-inch zucchinis. The small fruit are great for salads, stir fry and even barbecued.

Zucchini’s, when left to the end of the season can grow very large, and the skin toughens enough for them to be considered a winter squash.

Squash require warm soils to germinate, and it is recommended to start them indoors approximately four weeks before the last frost. A single zucchini plant can produce a lot of fruit, so one or two plants will be more than enough for most.

 

Preservation

Winter squash need to be cured before storage – simply letting them sit out in the sun for a week to help thicken that skin. Then store in a cool dark spot in the basement. They can last 5 to 6 months just stored this way.

They can also bee cooked and frozen for pies/pumpkin loaf/muffins or just reheated to have with a meal.

 

 

Days to Grow: 60 to 110 days

Spacing: one per two square foot (with vining room)

Effort: Minimal

Will likely develop powdery mildew in the fall

Plant: 2 to 3 weeks after last frost

Or cheat with transplants

Yield: Varies

Will not survive light frost!

Gardening Shortcut Links

Hodge Podge Garden
Stir fry Garden
Three Sisters (Corn, Pole Beans and Squash/Pumpkin)

The plants listed here are available at the physical shop located with the Nipigon River Bait Shop at 21 Second Street in Nipigon Ontario. Limited quantities are available, and all seeds are fresh and have been tested to grow here in NW Ontario.

 

Square Foot Gardening

Information and resources for square foot gardening here in NW Ontario.

Excel Garden Planner

An excel worksheet I developed to help plan and track my square foot gardening.

 

North Hardy Plants

Not all plants will grow here, but a lot will.

 

Useful Resources

The following are additional resources and information as well as basic information for growing this and many other garden plants here in NW Ontario.

Square Foot Gardening Basics

Preserving methods

High productivity, small area

About Garden Planning

Laying out your garden and pre-planning what to plant is best accomplished over the winter months. It gives you escape from the north winds, allows for ordering of seeds and allows you to put some time and effort into laying out your garden.

Since I use the square foot gardening method, I have created a garden planner using Microsoft excel. It allows you layout your garden using the cells in excel, then based on what plants you choose it will calculate planting/harvest times, potential yields, how many seeds you will need and more.

The Garden planner is provided as is, I can and will answer questions on using it and I have made videos on using it. I am hoping to have a full updated version ready for 2019 planning season.

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