Friday, December 9, 2011

Crookneck Summer Squash ( How To Grow )

                   Good day to you all and welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way with Ken and Marilou.    

                   Today we would like to talk about Crookneck Summer Squash, but first for those out there that do not know there is Summer Squashes and Winter Squashes. Summer squash produces thin skinned fruit, and does not store well. Summer squash is usually eaten without peeling the skin. Winter squash produce fruit with thick skins. They can be stored for long periods, well into the winter months, if properly stored. The skin of winter squash is not eaten.
                   Here is a list of Summer Squashes:   

                  1.  Zucchini 
                  2.  Crookneck Summer Squash 
                  3.  Straightneck Summer Squash 

                  Here is a list of Winter Squashes:
                 1.  Acorn Squash 
                 2.  Butternut Squash  
                 3.  Buttercup Squash 
                 4.  Bluehubbard Squash 
                 5.  Goldenhubbard Squash 
                 6.  Cushaw Squash    

                 So many different kinds of Squash and they are so good eating, and very healthy for us all.  And some more good news, they are so easy to raise.  

                 Crookneck Summer Squash are so delicious and lots of different ways to cook them.  There are some things to keep in mind when you plant the Crookneck Summer Squash.  

                 1. Good garden soil is a must, if you want good healthy plants with lots of Squash, if your soil does not look good in color you may need to add some compost and mulch is dark in color and very good for your garden, and it will help keep the weeds out of your garden. After adding mix it up good in your garden with a garden tiller or your shovel, level your garden soil with your garden rake, now you are ready to plant.

                2.  Plant in Full Sun: 6 to 8 hours is best.

                3.  Planting Depth:  1" inch under the soil, with tilled soil after all danger of frost and cold weather has past and the soil has warmed up.

                4.  Row Spacing: you can plant in rows or plant in hills,in rows sow two or three seeds 24 to 36 inches apart for single plant production. Keep in mind if you do plant in rows the Crookneck Summer Squash grows on bush type plants that do not spread like the plants of fall and winter squash and pumpkin. You can plant in hills, make a raised hill put 4 to 8 seeds per hill 48 inches apart. When the plants are 2 to 3 inches tall, thin one vigorous plant or more than two or three plants per hill.

               5.  Always water well after planting, squash love water and they need a lot of it.  In the hot summer days you may have to water everyday or two, depending weather you get any rain or how hot and dry it is.  To check your soil for moisture, all you have to do is stick one of your fingers under the soil.  ( Never let your soil dry completely out, you could kill you plant ).

               6.  Days to Harvest:  45 to 55 days after planting Crookneck Summer Squash, grow very fast and they are so good!!! 

               Well we hope to be back here tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way, until then this is  Ken & Marilou wishing you all Good Gardening Always.