Summer Squash Growing Fast

Cookneck Squash Plants


These are a few of my yellow crookneck and scallopini squash plants just 42 days after planting the seeds. They are growing in a mound composed of alternating layers of moldy hay and soggy rotted hay with a thin layer of soil down the middle. The mound is about 5 feet wide, 20 feet long, and 2 feet thick (it was thicker but has settled). I built this mound to get the squash plants above the cold soil and growing on a pile of composting plant material that would generate some heat. The squash plants are now developing small flowers and maybe in a week the first ones will bloom. I was hoping for some flowers by now but yellow crookneck and scallopini are slower to begin blooming and producing squash fruit than are zucchinis. Once they start, though, they are heavy producers. I prefer yellow crookneck and scallopini over zucchini for their richer flavors and less watery texture. Cooking them is easy and they can be sliced or cut into small chinks and steamed or grilled. Larger scallopini fruits can be shredded, steamed, and added to soups and tomato sauces.

3 thoughts on “Summer Squash Growing Fast

    1. I tried spaghetti squash for the first time last year and the results were great. I planted a row about 8 feet long and got 25 squash for a total of 91 pounds! This year I’ve planted more.

      The compost method is working well. After it’s done I’ll have all that good soil from it, too.


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