Growing Food

How to Grow Zucchini in Your Backyard or Porch!

Summer Squash blog post
Summer squash fills pretty much all of our counter space from late spring until early fall. It is one of the most prolific things we grow, but it also has one of the most difficult pests to manage. Once squash bugs become established, they’re rather difficult to control.

How to Grow:

Sow seeds directly into the soil outdoors as early as immediately after your last spring frost in the spring and throughout the summer up to 13 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Sow 1 seed per square feet about 1 inch deep to try and ensure that you have enough space. You can can place a trellis by the squares for the vines to help to save space and grow vertically. Make sure to plant in a space that has full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. It will take approximately 7-14 days for your seeds to sprout. Water your summer squash plant weekly, but be careful to try and keep the leaves dry.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

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Banana PeppersMintPotatoes
Beans (Bush)PeasPumpkin
Beans (Pole)Parsley 
BeetsNasturtiums 
Bell PeppersOkra 
CatnipOnions 
CornOregano 
DillRadish 
Hot PeppersSouthern Peas (Black-Eyed Peas) 
LeeksSpinach 
LettuceSunflowers 
MarigoldsSweet Peppers 
MarjoramTarragon 

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Pests:

Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common ones for acorn squash:

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Harvesting:

You will begin to be able to harvest your acorn squash approximately 40-60 days from first sprout. Harvest when squash is approximately 6-8 inches long for the most flavor. Cut through the fruit stem, not the main vine or leaf stems. They grow fast, so it is easy for them to get out of control in a hurry. Not to worry, though; larger squash (baseball bats) can still be used in many ways.

How to Prepare:

Squash is one of the most prolific things we grow in the summer. As a result, we have found many different ways to cook it. Check out our blog posts to see all of the different ways to prepare this squash!
 

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