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Growing Squash, also Crookneck, Pattypan, Summer squash

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
      P P P P P        

(Best months for growing Squash in Australia - tropical regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 21°C and 35°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 60 - 80 cm apart
  • Harvest in 7-8 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Sweet corn
  • Mother Hubbard squash
  • Pattypan squash

Start in individual pots then transfer when all risk of frost is past. For succession, later plantings can be straight into the ground. Fast maturing squash varieties for summer growing. Not suitable to store like pumpkins. Usually grown to pick when young and used without removing rind or seeds.

Zucchini/courgette (see under Z) is also a variety of squash

Protect from frost. Water well. Grow on well mulched, raised area. Shelter from strong winds.

A spray with a 5gm/teasp Bicarbonate of Soda in 600ml/pint of water will help slow powdery mildew when it appears.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Squash

Use whole or sliced. Steam or fry.

Your comments and tips

15 Apr 18, Zenobia Strijdom (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I recently purchased gem squash seeds. I live in Townsville and was just wondering when would be a good time to plant them?
16 Apr 18, Mike (Australia - tropical climate)
Seeing they are a squash I would presume you follow the guidelines for them. You are tropical zone and it says plant from April to Sept. Generally wait until the heavy summer rain season has eased off. I good idea is to look up when to grow something before buying the seeds / seedlings.
15 Apr 18, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
If you follow the planting guide for zucchini/courgette for your zone, you should be successful
10 Feb 18, Bernadette (Australia - temperate climate)
Will Table Queen Acorn squash grow in the Riverina? If so, what time planting? TIA
12 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
If you looked at your zone here - probably Temperate it says plant seeds Sept and transplant Nov Dec. Take the time to learn how to use this website.
04 Dec 16, Mark (Australia - temperate climate)
My wife is Asian and she says it is ok to eat the plant itself. I know you can eat the flowers but I'm not so sure about the plant. Is it toxic or safe to eat?
17 Feb 17, Chris (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
You can eat pumpkin shoots and they are essentially the same plant, so I would think it's safe enough
18 Nov 16, warren white (Australia - temperate climate)
I've been eating my squash strait off the plant uncooked, thinly sliced on a vegemite sandwich. you really should try this!
11 May 16, KT (Australia - arid climate)
Can I grow spaghetti squash in Perth and where can I get some seeds please?
16 May 16, Bianca (Australia - temperate climate)
Join Share the Seed Australia or WA Seed Exchange on Facebook and ask on there. You will need to get them from someone already in WA because of our quarantine laws :)
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