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ImageGymgirl
Feb 2, 2010 4:03 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Here is the SQUASH forum, specifically designed for beginners who want to grow Squash!
Imagechris
Feb 8, 2010 7:04 AM CST
Name: chris Zone 8a
Peachtree City, GA
Hi Gymgirl,

I bought the seeds for sphagetti squash for this spring.
Anything specific to it, or can I just do what I do with cukes and melon. Plant the seeds and wait for the yummies.

chris
ImageGymgirl
Feb 9, 2010 5:57 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Hi Chris!

I've never grown squash. This'll be my first season, so I guess we're gonna learn together. From what I've gathered, I think you've got it - same as melons!
Weedwhacker
Feb 11, 2010 9:02 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Chris, spaghetti squash grew easily for me here in the north, you'll probably be totally overrun by it! Have to say, I don't quite "get" spaghetti squash -- they spent years and years trying to breed the strings out of squash!

Just kidding, it really is a great low-cal, low-carb alternative to pasta!

Sandy
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagecoconut
Feb 13, 2010 6:19 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
My friend just chopped one in chunks, peel and all, boiled, and there you go. Much easier, I think, than all the baking and scraping.

Of squash like zucchini, they are sort of vines. Borers, someone somewhere suggested, want to be horizontal. I sort of staked my squash last time, but this time I'm putting in sturdy stakes, and tying they up as they grow. haha, pole squash.
Melissa

Imagecoconut
Feb 17, 2010 9:28 AM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
So: Squash plants get lots of bugs .....

teehee, thanks!
Melissa

ImageGymgirl
Feb 17, 2010 2:31 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Mola,
I'm glad I know yah! Thumbs up
Imagestephanietx
Feb 21, 2010 10:13 AM CST
Name: Stephanie
Fort Worth, TX (8a)
We grew yellow straight neck squash and zucchini last year for the first time. I got about 4 yellow squash and 1 or 2 zukes before the squash vine borers took down all my plants. We're going to try again this year with just yellow squash. No one here really likes zucchini, so we scratched that one. Leaves more room for other things!
ImageTuliplady
Feb 28, 2010 11:58 AM CST
Name: Coby Pearson
Atlanta, GA
Zone 7b
Does anybody know how tall they get? Average. I got few Butternut squash growing from seed (still indoors) and doing really well. Pretty sturdy stem and already working on their 2nd set of leaves.
This year I promissed my fam I was going to seriously try veggies! But still have doubts about my veggies qualifications *Blush*
Too much to do and so little time!!
ImageGymgirl
Mar 1, 2010 9:30 AM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Tuliplady,
We're ALL qualified to grow veggies. We have each other for support, too!

I've not grown squash before either. This'll be my first season, so we can take this journey together. I have read that, like watermelons, squash need lots of space to run. My space is very limited (strictly containers: eBuckets, EBs, and 2 small raised beds...) so I'm toying with trying to start them off in an eBucket, and then either trellising them to grow UP or set up some kind of table for them to sprawl on ABOVE my eBuckets.

From what I've gathered as a space-challenged grower, UP is the way to grow!

Keep me posted on your progress, please, so we can compare notes. I haven't started my seeds yet. Thought they were supposed to be direct sowed, but if your's are inside under lights doing great then, hey, I can start mine, too, until it's time to plant out.

We still have two weeks until our last frost date, but our weatherman has predicted a colder, rainier March than usual, so may still have some winter ahead!

Linda I tip my hat to you.
ImageTuliplady
Mar 1, 2010 11:58 AM CST
Name: Coby Pearson
Atlanta, GA
Zone 7b
Uhh Linda, I know : eTicket, eAccount, eMail etc. I can not for the life of me figure out what an eBucket would be Confused

I don't even have a fancy seed table with lights on top. All my seed trays and transplanted seeds are now standing on my husbands greatgrandmothers antique cart!!!! In front of South faced window which has a blind so I can filter the sun as I see fit. Works great!

My back is still not in "working" order so I'll wait, I have very limited area set apart for veggies just to not overwork myself. Start small and see how it goes. I have a small trellis and plan to put squash against it.
Too much to do and so little time!!
ImageGymgirl
Mar 1, 2010 2:08 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Lady,
Go here to see about the eBuckets!

http://cubits.org/buckets/thread/view/732/

Thumbnail by Gymgirl

Imagestephanietx
Mar 1, 2010 4:11 PM CST
Name: Stephanie
Fort Worth, TX (8a)
I had the worst luck last year with Squash Vine Borers; they destroyed all my squash. I read somewhere where they like to be horizontal, so this year, I'm going to try growing my squash on some type of trellis.
ImageGymgirl
Mar 4, 2010 9:18 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Steph,
Please explain growing "horizontal." Confused
Imagestephanietx
Mar 4, 2010 10:06 PM CST
Name: Stephanie
Fort Worth, TX (8a)
Horizontal=along the ground. This year, I'm going to try growing vertically.
JoAnn
Mar 5, 2010 7:16 AM CST
Name: Jo-Ann
Zone 9, New Orleans, LA
This is my first year trying to grow some winter squashes. I'm going to try Early Acorn Hybrid & Autumn Glow Butternut, both from Burpee. Both of these are supposed to be compact, so I wasn't planning on using a trellis with them. I've been gathering up info on growing squash. One thing I read - and now I can't find the source - is that to prevent squash vine borers is to lay a piece of foil on the soil around the stem. It said "The vine borer works by laying its eggs on the soil at the base of the stem. When the eggs hatch, the larvae crawl to the stem and bore their way in. They don't travel too far up the stem to do this, so the above control should work." I have no idea if this works or not. Any comments? I think I'll give this a try since foil is cheap.


Imagestephanietx
Mar 5, 2010 8:41 AM CST
Name: Stephanie
Fort Worth, TX (8a)
I have heard that silver mulch will confuse SVB from laying their eggs. They do lay their eggs on the stems of the plants, not on the ground. The eggs are small and brown, about the size of a pinhead. I scraped tons of them off my pumpkins last fall.
ImageGymgirl
Mar 8, 2010 10:02 AM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Could ya'll post pics of your proposed trellis systems?

Steph, when are you starting seeds for your squash? I'm about ready to plant out my bells this weekend, under a hoop house. LMK about the sowing date for the squash.

Linda
Imagestephanietx
Mar 8, 2010 6:27 PM CST
Name: Stephanie
Fort Worth, TX (8a)
I'm not sure when I'll sow them, but I'm thinking of using my famous bean trellis from last year, only modified. I'll be using it to grow peas for sure. So I might wait for the peas to finish then plant the squash in the spot where the peas were.
ImageGymgirl
Mar 9, 2010 1:17 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
How long do the peas take, generally?

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