Winter Squash

Winter Squash

Description

Spacing

 Seasons

Sun Exposure

1 per 2 sqft    Summer 6-8hrs+

 

Some winter squash varieties do really well in containers and will need to be accompanied by a vertical frame as they will need to climb or else risk having them take over the whole garden.  Winter squash can be picked in late fall and stored for the winter.

How do I Grow Winter Squash?

Winter squash takes a long time to nurture and ripen their fruit. We recommend finding a transplant from your local nursery.  

However, if you want to grow from seed start indoors 20 weeks before first fall frost and transplant after they have sprouted, developed 2 sets of true leaves and the weather has warmed to be consistently above 10 C (50 F) at night. 

Companion Plants

Nasturtium, corn, beans

Nutrition

1 cup: Vitamin A (298%), Vitamin C (49%), Vitamin B6 (11%), Fibre (11%), Manganese (14%), Potassium (14%), Magnesium (12%)

Harvesting

Winter squash is ready to harvest when the skin hardens (strong enough to not be dented by your thumbnail) and the stems start to shrivel and die.  Take care when handling the fruit as they can break easily.  Leave your winter squash on the ground for 10-14 days so they can cure in the sun.  If frost threatens your squash cover them with plastic.  

Preparing and using

Winter squash can be peeled, cut in half and prepared for boiling and baking, just make sure to scoop out the seeds.  Squash can be stored in a cool dry space at 40-50 F, but periodically check on your squash to make sure they aren't rotting or haven’t been bruised.

    Helpful Tips and Tricks

    Try keeping the vine to a central stalk to keep production focused on producing fruit.