Summer squash seeds are an important part of any good backyard garden. Squashes make great vegetables because they are very versatile. They can be used as an ingredient in soups, stews, and chili. They're delicious as a side dish, too!
If you have planted seeds but not taken them out of the ground, don't despair. There are still steps you can take to ensure that your new plants will succeed. One of the most important steps to follow is to ensure the correct soil temperature is met when you sow seed indoors or purchase small starter plants. Any seed will need to have an adequate amount of warmth in the soil for germination. Not only that, but it is critical that the soil temperature remains just right, if at all possible.
Many people are not aware that there are three main varieties of summer squash, and they should become very familiar with them before planting. Early Prolific Squash has larger and thicker seeds than Regular Squash. This variety is very sweet with a light meaty texture and a mild, somewhat spicy taste. It's perfect for eating raw and can be used in soups and stews. Yellow Scallop is similar in shape to the Early Prolific variety with a bit narrower leaves and smaller, straighter spine.
The key to saving summer squash seeds is to ensure that they're planted early. If you plan to pick your seeds from the garden, it's a good idea to plant them immediately. Keep in mind that seeds must have ample time to germinate before you plant them. When planting summer squash seeds, try to leave at least two feet of distance between each piece.
It's important to note that most varieties don't do well when planted alone. In order to get the best results, a variety should be planted in well-drained, rich soil with lots of sunlight. If you're a city dweller, your options are even greater. Zucchini is the perfect vegetable for urban farmers as it doesn't require much attention when planting. City dwellers and rural folks alike can enjoy great results when they carefully pick their summer squash seeds.
The easiest way to plant squash (aside from mowing the lawn) is to use a fall tiller. Basically, it consists of a small metal frame with a wheel on the bottom that rotates vertically. All you need to do is turn the handle and move it over the soil in a circular motion. The first tiller I ever saw was made out of cast iron and it still looks pretty impressive 20 years later.
When choosing which variety you want to grow this year, you'll also need to pick a variety that is resistant to cold and frost. Believe it or not, some varieties are only resistant to frost. While some are only cold intolerant, some winter squash varieties are known to be even more resistant to cold and frost. This information will come in handy when you start planting in the fall.
One final point to keep in mind before you head out into the garden is the importance of planting your squash plants at the right time of the year. Summer squash craves are usually higher in demand in the warmer months, so it's important to plant them earlier in the season if you want to maximize your yield. Try to avoid planting your squash crop during the cooler months unless you have a natural way of ensuring that they'll be ready to harvest in time for dinner.
So, what are the differences between winter squash and summer squash? The main difference between these two types of squash crops is in size. Summer squash is a bit smaller than its winter counterpart. If you're looking to grow a large quantity of squash, then you should consider planting a late crop rotation. With a late crop rotation, you'll spread your planting across the row instead of planting each plant in its own section. A late crop rotation ensures that the soil is well-drained and ready to support a healthy yield.
Once you've planted your squash seeds, there are a few other things you need to keep in mind. After you seed your squash, you'll want to make sure that you water them properly. Some varieties of squash produce a lot more fruit when they are moist. You can determine the correct watering technique for your particular species by watching how the plants behave after you water. For example, some summer squashes like to sit on the end of the stems, while other varieties prefer to stand up. Once you know the proper watering technique for your particular variety, you'll be able to avoid the problems that come with over-watering squash.
To help ensure that your summer squash produce an abundant crop, you should also plant companion crops in addition to your squash. For example, you could plant radishes alongside your squash to help prevent aphid infestations. Other companion crops that you could include in your garden with your squash seeds are turnips, pumpkins, and onions.