Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Spaghetti Squash ( How To Grow )

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

               Today we would like to talk about another popular squash, the name is Spaghetti Squash it is a winter squash.  It is a medium sized, oblong fruits, yellow in color.  Spaghetti Squash is a very good eating squash, and the kids love it, it is probably the most popular Squash for kids.

              We will add a recipe later, and some more good news, the winter spaghetti squash will last long in to the winter, well after your garden is gone.  All you have to do is in the fall after the vine is starting to die and the outside of the squash has turned yellow, it's time to pick the spaghetti squash.  When cutting the squash for storing for the winter, always cut the stem back from the squash about 2 inches, store in a cool dry place about 50 to 55 degrees, squash in cool area will keep fresh up to 6 months.

               The winter Spaghetti Squash is easy to raise, but there are some things to keep in mind.

               1.  Do not plant too early, wait until all danger of frost has past and all the cold weather is gone.  The ground has to be warm in order for the seeds to germinate.

               2.  It is very important to have good rich soil, you can add organic fertilizer, such as manure or compost, add to 3 to 4 inches of manure or compost, and work it up well in under the soil.  Level your garden soil with a garden rake, and now you are ready to plant.

                3.  Always plant in full sun.

               4.  You can plant in rows or mounds, you can purchase the seed in the winter, and set out the plant in the early spring or you can just plant the seed in your garden soil in the spring.  Plant directly outside in warm weather, transplant the seedlings or plant the seeds in groups of 2 to 3 in a sunny location.  You can plant in mounds or rows 4 feet apart., plant in soil 1 to 1 1/2 inch  under the soil.

              5.  Water well after planting, but be careful not to dig up your seed, water well but water on low pressure.  Keep all the weeds out and keep the soil water often unless you get rain, just never let the soil dry completely out.

                6.  Days to Harvest:  100 days after planting,  good eating!!!

             Well I guess we will quit here for today, tomorrow we will share some winter spaghetti squash recipes with you all.  Until then, thank you for being here with us on Garden The Easy Way, Good Gardening Always Ken & Marilou.