Summer squash seeds are a great way to add some color and excitement to your backyard. Squashes are a type of plant that can grow up to six inches tall and produce a delicious squash dish when properly cooked. The key to growing a delicious and easy to prepare squash dish is to start out with good quality seed. Even though you want to save money on seeds you still need to buy good quality seed. You can find squash seeds all year round at your local nurseries or seed stores.
Summer Squash seeds need to be started approximately three weeks before the first summer frost. Once you have planted your squash patch you will want to cover it with a plastic covering to protect it from the rain and sun. The easiest time to germinate your squash patch is in early spring. The earlier you plant them, the better. It is not hard to start a little early; however you must make sure that the weather is at least 60 degrees at the time you start planting. If you don't then the seed may not germinate.
Once the weather is warm and you have planted your squash patch you will want to keep an eye on it during the first two weeks after you plant summer squash seeds. Check the soil temperature, moisture and if you have weeds. Once a week you will also want to give your plants a good watering.
The most common problem faced by early sprouts is pests. They can come from two sources. One is from weeds that sprout up around the edges of your plants as they grow. The other source of pests is from the female flowers that are attracted to the light provided by the sunlight during the day. This light will provide a food source for male flowers to feed on.
There are many ways to keep pests away from your summer squash plants. The best way is to make sure there is plenty of air circulating around the plant. This will discourage certain pests such as ladybugs. To repel insects you can place netting over the top of the soil. This will keep most birds from hovering over your seeds.
You can also mix up your soil by trying different kinds of sprays and fertilizers. When you buy seeds for summer squash you may notice some are labeled with a special fertilizer or spray. Try different brands to see what kind you like best. Some are designed to be used with a particular type of soil while others are made to be compatible with just about any type of soil.
Another thing to consider when growing a vine is the type of wine you will grow. If you want to grow a vine that looks just like a pumpkin then you should plant those that look red and white. If you want to grow vines that have a more even canopy then you will want to try growing those that look more like a berry. They will produce a harvest that has a well layered look.
The main goal for any vegetable garden is to ensure it produces enough edible produce to eat throughout the year. However, it is important to pick the squash and fruits that work best. This means allowing the vines to go through the growing process without getting too much rain water. It also means allowing the sun to hit the fruit deeply enough to dry them out before picking. This process will help your summer squash harvest to have a higher chance of working well.