Further information: Squash Plants
Where to grow? – Well drained soil is essential for squash plants plus a warm and sunny position. Many varieties will be very happy if grown on the compost heap, the nutrients and the heat being most welcome. Again, it depends on the variety but squash plants will grow well in containers provided they are a decent size and the plants are kept well watered.
How to grow? – Squash plants are very vigorous and so need to be planted about 1 metre apart. The foliage will certainly soon swallow the gap and will prevent any weeds from growing. Alternatively try training the squash plants vertically.
If growing on the ground do try to keep the fruits off the soil as this will prevent slug damage. One way of doing this is to slip a tile beneath the squash.
When to harvest? – The squash will ripen and develop their full colour and hard protective skin in the sun so leave them for as long as you can. They will be ready sometime during September/October and need to be brought inside before the first frosts.
How to eat? – No need to rush. Most squash will store for several months with no loss of flavour or nutrients. Removing the skin can be a tricky business. Far easier to halve the squash lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and then roast. The flesh will then be easy to scoop out. A word of warning – never roast a whole squash as there’s every possibility that it will explode!