|Cucumbers and squash are such productive vegetables that only a few plants will provide an abundant harvest. Experiment with unique selections that are rarely seen in stores. For example, long slender Oriental cucumbers or petite pickling cucumbers are simple to grow, as are brightly colored summer squash and zucchini. These are also fast growing crops that start producing only six weeks after planting seed.
Acorn, butternut, and other types of winter squash take longer to grow since they are not picked until the seeds inside are mature. However, butternut in particular often escape damage from insect pests that bother other types of squash. Best of all, winter squash will keep for weeks and even months at normal room temperature.
Before planting seeds, wait until the ground is warm—usually two weeks after the last frost. Plant 3 seeds per hill. If all the seeds sprout, thin to 2 plants per hill.
|Acorn, butternut, and other types of winter squash take longer to grow than yellow summer types because they are not picked until the seeds inside are mature.