Front yard: 3 large pots with bush variety squash and/or climbing squash for the trellis hanging off the tree by the corner: turban, delicata, butternut. Rope from fence over tree branch and attached to other fence. Will attach ropes vertically and tie vines up to these. Might look like a suspension bridge such as the Golden Gate.
Delicata: excellent climber, also bushy. Sweet Dumpling: trellis. Butternut: trellis. Turban: trellis. Bush plants: Tomatoes, Chillies.
Back yard: Fairytale pumpkin, or other large sprawling squash. Most likely two varieties: fairytale and turban.
I’d decided to add fertilizer, because I kept reading that the healthier your plants, the more resistant they are to pest and disease.
Grew these for the first time; high plains of Colorado. They were affected but not a favorite of the squash bugs. Quite prolific even though I planted late and from seed.
They suit our shorter, cooler summers.
Needs room if not bush variety.
General WINTER STORAGE SQUASH - for fresh market & processing
Seed size varies according to type, see below.
CULTURE: Sow all types of winter squash, outdoors June 1st. when the soil temp. has reached 60-65°F/16-18°C temps. during the day. Earlier sowings in cooler ground, should be treated to prevent seed rot. Seed size varies: Large seeded types like hubbards require 3-4 lbs/1.5-2 kg per acre. Small seeded varieties like butternut require 1.5-2 lbs/0.8 kg per acre.
SPACING: Large vine types, should be planted in rows 9 - 10 ft/2.7 - 3 m apart. Small and bush types require rows 6 - 8 ft./2 - 2.4 m apart. Space plants 4 ft/122 cm apart in the rows for both types. Sow @ 4 - 5 seeds per ft./31 cm or in hills or groups of seed @ 6 seeds per hill, 4 ft/122 cm apart. Sow seed 1/2 in./ 13 mm deep, cover and firm.
Keep plants well cultivated, fairly shallow as long as possible without injuring the vines.
Disc into the top soil @ 600 lbs/272 kg of 6-24-24 per acre before seeding in early May.
Winter squash should be allowed to ripen thoroughly in the field. Winter squash must be picked before your first frost and cured for 10 days or 2 weeks before storing. Curing hardens the outer skin, reduces high water content and improves eating quality.
Pile fruit in the field for 2 weeks during dry weather, before frosts - or keep fruit inside at room temp. of 80°F/27°C and 80% relative humidity for 4 weeks.
Squash require a warm dry condition for storage. Handle fruit carefully to prevent bruising, leave a small space between fruit in single layers. Maintain a temp. of 60°F/16°C degrees and relative humidity of 70%
: Cut into chunks, peel, cook until soft in a little water. Mash, cool, pack and quick freeze.
Cherry, Roma, Big ones, Grape (tom thumb)