Growing Squash (2010 crop)

Technically, pumpkins and gourds are also "squash", but in culinary terms they always seem to be listed separately, so for the sake of consistency, we are doing the same. This year we planted about five hills each of the following squash from seed: Burpee ""Waltham Butternut" and "Fordhook Zucchini." We also bought four started "Straight Neck Yellow" summer squash. The basic procedure for squash planting we use is the same as pumpkins and gourds.
We plant the seeds in small hills about four feet apart. The individual seeds are planted at a depth of 1 inch and spaced about 3" apart from each other with about 6-8 seeds per hill. Within a couple of weeks the first squash seedlings begin to emerge from the soil.
We also bought four started "Yellow Straight Neck" summer squash. Although these are easy enough to plant from seed, we bought these to get started a tad earlier this year. We put these in the ground about two feet apart in late May.
"Waltham Butternut" Squash
"Fordhook" Zucchini
By the first week of June, these guys were really starting to gain in size.
By June 19th, the summer squash were flowering profusely and our first embryonic squash was visible.
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By July 5th, we were harvesting the first of our straight necked summer squash, with plenty more coming in.
The butternut squash (below) are making good progress, but a little behind the summer squash because we started them from seed.
Continued good progress by mid-July.
Zucchini's are looking good as well.
By August, the first of many Zucchini's were coming in...
The Butternut Squash were a little slower to produce than either the summer squash or zucchini. By August the first few were coming in.
Like the pumpkins, these vines did not do well, but I ended up with about 4 squash anyway... really a pitiful harvest.
By September, the vines were starting to succumb to powedry mildew... although we still got a few more squash out here and there.
All in all, it was a pretty good year for squash. We ended up with dozens and dozens of summer squash and zucchini, most of which we ate fresh or gave away, but we did freeze about 10 pounds or so. The butternut squash was somewhat of a dissapointment, but soil amendments next year will hopefully improve the vine rigor and ultimately the squash yield.