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Posted on 03 May 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Here a Squash, There a Squash, Everywhere a Squash, Squash

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Photo Credit: There's quite a few by Evelyn used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photo Credit: There’s quite a few by Evelyn used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Squash is such a flexible vegetable, not only from a culinary aspect but also from a gardening perspective.

From the culinary side, it can be grilled, baked, steamed, sautéed, and boiled.

In the garden, it can be planted as soon as the local frost-free date has passed and can continue to produce all the way to late fall to early winter.

But not all squashes are the same. Below is a general description of the two types of squashes you may want to plant for an extended season of squash delight.

Summer squash is a one that produces very prolifically from early summer until Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 15 October 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

Preserving the Harvest – Squash (and Recipe)

By Cindy Naas

Although our gardens are slowing down now (at least in some parts of the country) there are still vegetables waiting to be picked and stored or used.

I love this time of the year, and storing squash is one of the great pleasures of the fall garden.

Filling my root cellar with various types of squash makes me feel ready to settle in for the long winter.

Squash don’t need to be brought in right away unless you live in a rainy area, in which case you’ll need to get them off the ground. Preventing mildew is really the only reason to bring squash in before the first frost. If you grew them nestled in straw, this won’t be a worry.

Harvesting – Use a sharp knife and cut them from the vine leaving about 1 inch of vine attached to the squash. Rinse squash off outside to Read the rest of this entry »

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