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Posted by on December 3, 2018

Squash never ceases to amaze. Available in numerous varieties, from the gorgeous green hues of zucchini to beautiful yellow crookneck and many in between, it’s a diverse and abundantly producing veggie known for being easy to grow and maintain. Because of this, it’s a wonderful starter crop for novice gardeners and a perfect filler for seasoned farmers alike.

Growing Squash

Like many veggies, squash plants adore heat and sunlight. Though they’ll easily thrive when planted just after the last frost of early spring, they can also be planted later on in the growing season. They like to spread, branch out and take over, so they need at least a couple feet of growing room per plant. Keep them well watered to ensure plump, beautiful produce.

Feeding the Notion

While massive squash crops can be fertilized using industrial equipment from, smaller ones probably won’t need quite that level of nourishment. In fact, many gardeners joke about being afraid to fertilize their squash plants. Why is that the case? In truth, they sometimes seem to get a bit out of control. Even four or five plants can put out truckloads of produce before finally fizzling out.

How to Handle the Overload

Excess squash can be parboiled and canned for future use in soups, stews, casseroles and other recipes, but it doesn’t freeze well in raw form. Freezing raw squash without any prior prep work leaves it tough and leathery whereas freezing it in water transforms it into slimy mush. Consider breading and frying it or slicing and baking it in a shallow pan at 375 to 425 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until it’s nice and steamy. Either way, allow it to cool, pack it in an airtight container and pop it in the freezer. Gallon-size freezer bags work well here.

Use caution when fertilizing squash whether with large-scale equipment from or by hand because it just might chase you out of your home. Still, it’s a healthy, tasty veggie with quite a bit to offer. From breaded and fried to boiled or roasted and virtually everything in between, it makes a delicious addition to any meal as a menu item all its own or incorporated into a variety of side dishes.

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