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Thinking of giving squash a go? They’re easy and quick growing – you can be harvesting in as little as 6-7 weeks! They’re in the same family as pumpkins and melons, so you know they will taste good. Try them baked, roasted, steamed or sliced and thrown into stir-fries.


How to grow squash in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well drained soil and enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. 
  2. Form small mounds of soil and space 70cm apart. Sow 3-4 seeds into each mound and water well.
  3. As seedlings grow, thin to the two strongest plants in each mound. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food.
  4. Water regularly, particularly in hot or windy weather. Mulch with organic mulch like sugar cane or pea straw to help retain soil moisture. 
  5. Harvest regularly to encourage more flowers and fruit.

     
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How to grow squash in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 400mm wide and deep. Position in full sun and fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. 
  2. Sow direct by clumping 3-4 seeds into each planting hole. Water in well. 
  3. As seedlings grow, thin to the two strongest plants. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food.
  4. Harvest regularly to encourage more flowers and fruit.

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Growing tips

  • Hand pollination can be used to help improve fruit set. To hand pollinate, pick male flowers (sitting above a fairly thin erect stem), remove petals and gently brush over the centre of the female flowers (flowers sitting above a tiny swollen base). Do this early in the morning as the short-lived flowers can close by mid-morning. 

  • Try watering the soil more than the leaves. Water sitting on the foliage all day can promote fungal issues, like powdery mildew. 



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