Summer squash is a variety of zucchini that grows well in gardens in the warm climate. Squash has a bulbous appearance, which makes it easy to seed and replant. It grows in abundance in Europe, Australia and Asia, but can also be found growing wild in some parts of the United States and Caribbean. It is part of the same family as spinach, chard and kidney beans, making it one of the most versatile vegetables available.
Summer squash consists of several bulbous, fleshy roots, and the largest of these is the 'Roman' variety. The other varieties are 'Egg' variety and 'Cherry tomato'. These all have a similar taste and are used mainly for cooking, though some do enjoy the flavor of the 'sweet' varieties as well. The best time to cook with summer squash is from late summer through fall.
Seeds can be stored for a very long time if they are properly stored in air-tight bags or Tupperware containers. When they are not in use, store them in a cool, dry place like a cupboard or pantry. When you purchase squash seeds, check the packaging to make sure the seeds are moistened to the proper moisture level before planting them.
For optimum growing conditions, squash seeds should be planted in well-drained soil with plenty of light. If your soil is too heavy, the seeds may not germinate and grow successfully. The soil type needed depends on whether the seeds are for a fry or for tomatoes. Frying tomatoes should be done in a sunny and slightly moist location, while for tomatoes, planting in a deeper bed with well-drained soil is preferred. Keep in mind that seeds need approximately four hours of daylight per day for growth. You can extend this time to six hours if the weather is very hot.
In order to keep the plant from freezing during the colder months, put the pot in a larger pan filled with cold water. The water should be close to the soil so that the roots do not freeze. Place the container in a shady area during the daytime. Avoid placing the pot near a fire as this could cause the young plants to burn.
Another important part of growing summer squash is the correct seed selection. Summer squash are extremely popular, and you may find it difficult to select the proper seed. Although there are several types of summer squash, the most popular varieties are the Eastern and Round. These varieties are most commonly used. However, if you do not have these varieties in your area, you can buy European or American seed to grow a nice summer squash.
When buying seeds, look for a variety that is firm, and has thick and silky green leaves. It is also best if the seed has some green at the end of its string. There are also some specific breeds of summer squash that are more resistant than others, and are also known to grow quickly. Look for the Resistance X, Shasta Bantam, or Cypress Powder. Resistance X berries are said to be resistant to bugs, insects, and fungi, which are very helpful to gardeners who are suffering from diseases caused by insects.
When it comes time to plant your summer squash seeds, you will want to place them in a warm location with good drainage, such as your garden shed. If the seeds have been sown early in the spring season, it is best to avoid replanting until the weather is at its warmest. Wait about three to four weeks after the last frost before digging up your squash seeds. As long as you follow the proper steps, growing summer squash is not difficult.