Summer coffee on the front porch with a fresh slice of zucchini bread is something we enjoy each year. Growing summer squash like zucchini can be rewarding and easy if you follow a few basic steps. In this post, I share a few growing tips that work for me in my home veggie garden here in Ohio.
Starting The Summer Squash From Seed
Squash is super easy to grow from seed. In this video, I show you how.
One of my absolute favorite vegetables to grow and eat is the Summer squash. Below are some of my favorite growing tips that will help you enjoy and harvest more squash from your home garden. Be sure to reach out to me on my contact page with any questions or concerns.
- Grow different varieties of summer squash.
- Plant several succession crops to ensure a long harvest.
- Carefully harvest the squash as soon as it is ripe.
- Be sure to roots are being watered. We plant squash on a mound as direct on the seed packages so it is important to use a soaker hose that allows the water to slowly soak into the soil.
- Squash plants are delicate so protect from any chance of frost or colder temperatures.
- Seed germinates best when soil is at 65*F and grows somewhat fast in the garden.
- Weed… I find it best to add straw mulch to hold in moisture along with block out weeds. The roots on the squash plants can be sensitive so try not to pull weeds in the mound area where the squash is planted.
Favorite Varieties I Grow
This year I am adding a few tomato plants on the ends and middle of my squash crop just for interest. I will try and share photos as the zucchini grows!
Below is my favorite recipe to make with the fresh summer squash I harvest from my home garden each year. I hope you will give it a try and send me some feedback.
I would love to hear from you and what you think of summer squash. Are you a fan of growing the products or just enjoying it in a recipe. Be sure to comment on my post or leave a message on my contact page.
I see folks pollinating by hand is that necessary?
Hey Joseph – I’ve been doing some searches online about hand pollinating the squash plants. The varieties I have grown in the past have produced a harvest on their own. I have NEVER had to hand pollinate the plants. I am guessing the plant produced the right amount of male and female blooms and the little bees in my garden did all the ‘dancing’. Thanks for asking and stopping by my website. I need to get my squash planted later this week now that we are past our last frost date. I might do a video featuring how I grow my squash plants so stay tuned!