ALL ABOUT SQUASH: Harvesting Squash

Your squash plants are in the ground and are ready to grow! We’ve got tips for you to help keep your plants growing and and make your squash harvesting an abundant effort.

Squash are fast-growing crops that offer high yields. Keep garden beds filled with compost to give your plants tons of nutrients. Mulch beds to assist with moisture retention and weed deprivation. When seedlings are about two inches tall apply a layer of mulch to help regulate soil temperature and protect plants. As plants mature apply more mulch to continue helping growth.

Plants need a continued supply of moisture. Supply plants with about an inch of water per week. Ground irrigation systems allow water to feed directly to roots without pooling on leaves. Watering during early daytime is best so that plants avoid sitting in water in cool evening temperatures, which could cause mold to form.

Squash plants have male and female flowers on each plant. Pollination must occur for large fruits to bear. If you do not have enough bees in your region you can manually pollinate plants by transferring pollen from male to female flowers using a paintbrush or Q-Tip.

1 Comment

  • Julio says:

    I hate those little bugs. Just when everything is looking great-zap, those pesky bugs crop up. Here is the best info I have seen on it.Use high pressure when applying liquid insecticides to ensure penetration of the dense plant foliage and thorough coverage to the nymphs which often are on the undersides of leaves. Using a duster will also work. Subsequent treatments are usually required due to the continual presence of egglaying squash bugs. Carbaryl (Sevin) and permethrin (Hi-Yield Garden, Pet Livestock Dust, Ortho Bug-B-Gon Multi-Purpose Garden Dust, Green Thumb Multipurpose Garden and Pet Dust)It is especially critical to reduce the overwintering population of squash bugs by working the soil and/or removing foliage and fruit immediately after harvest. This deprives nymphs of the necessary food source to complete their development. Also, recently formed adults are denied a food source with which to build up the sufficient amounts of body food reserves required to see them through winter.Best of luck,Julia

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