SQUASH STRAIGHTNECK – SOW THEM DIRECT INTO THE GARDEN THEN STAND BACK! THEY COME ON FAST! $2.20

NEW! STRAIGHTNECK SQUASH OFFERS A DELICIOUS FLAVOUR TO YOUR PLATE AND A GLORIOUS GOLD COLOUR TO YOUR GARDEN! BIG GOLDEN FLOWERS TURN INTO PROLIFIC NUMBERS OF FRUITS THAT PROVIDE YOU WITH HEALTHY FOOD!

For many growers, squash is truly among the hardest working and most productive vegetable plants in the home garden.

The diversity among this family of plants is remarkable. Specifically, these squashes are prized for their upright and bushy growth habit, as well as usefulness in the kitchen.

Types such as straight neck are perfect for those looking to enjoy early season harvests from the garden without the stress of starting seeds indoors. Plant them direct where they are to grow and stand back, they come on fast!

Straightneck squash varieties bear small, yellow fruits with subtle flavour. As their name would imply, these squash plants have a straightneck which attaches to the plant.

Straightneck squash is also a favourite plant for succession sowing and in the Autumn vegetable garden. As with any summer squash, straightnecks should always be harvested when young and tender.

Growing straightneck squash is very similar to growing other varieties of squash. Tender to frost, it is imperative that all chance of frost has passed before planting straightneck squash into the garden.

While it is possible to start squash seeds indoors, many prefer to sow the seeds directly into the garden. To direct sow, simply press seeds gently into the soil of a well-amended and weed free garden bed.

Quick to germinate, seedlings often emerge within 5-7 days. Throughout the season, heavy feeding straightneck squash will require frequent and consistent irrigation.
Since overhead watering may lead to issues such as powdery mildew, avoid wetting the plants’ leaves. This will help to reduce the occurrence of this disease.

Use a spade to dig up the soil and loosen it. Till the topsoil well.

Add organic compost or aged manure to enrich the soil. Most veggies love fertile soil.

About two weeks after the last frost in your area, plant the seeds in the tilled soil. The soil should be about 15 degrees celcius to ensure the germination of the seeds.

Dig a small hole about an 2.5 cm deep and throw in one seed, then cover with loose soil.

Space the seeds about 12 inches apart to give them enough room to grow.

Water the soil thoroughly to help the seeds settle.

Add a thin layer of fertilizer to give the seedlings a good start.

Cover the rows of squash with mulch to fight off weed growth. Make sure the mulch doesn’t cover the plants.

Keep the soil moist while the plants are still growing. You can irrigate it once a week.

PLANT AFTER FROST OR MID SPRING AND ALL THROUGH SUMMER AND INTO AUTUMN. EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE.

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