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Straight Neck Yellow Summer Squash

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  • Straight neck yellow squash (Cucurbita pepo var. recticollis) is a type of summer squash that is popular in many parts of the world, especially in the United States. It gets its name from its straight, cylindrical shape and bright yellow color.


    Yellow squash is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, which also includes other types of squash, pumpkins, and cucumbers. It is a warm-season crop that is typically grown in the spring or early summer, as it requires warm soil to germinate and grow.


    The plant itself is a bushy, vining annual that grows up to 2-3 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide. It produces large, green leaves and bright yellow flowers that bloom in the early summer. The fruit of the plant is harvested when it is young and tender, usually when it is 4-6 inches long.


    Yellow squash is a nutritious vegetable that is low in calories and high in vitamins A and C, as well as fiber. It is often used in a variety of dishes, including stir-fries, casseroles, soups, and salads. It can be grilled, roasted, sautéed, or baked, and it pairs well with a variety of herbs and spices.


    Days to Maturity: 50 Days

    Seeds per pack: 10

    • Choose a sunny spot: Yellow squash needs full sun to grow well, so choose a location that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.

    • Prepare the soil: Yellow squash prefers well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Work compost or well-rotted manure into the soil to improve its fertility and structure.

    • Plant the seeds: Yellow squash can be planted directly in the garden once the soil has warmed up in the spring. Sow the seeds 1 inch deep and 2-3 feet apart in rows that are 3-4 feet apart. You can also start seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost date and transplant them outside once they are about 4 inches tall.

    • Water regularly: Yellow squash needs consistent moisture to grow well, so water regularly, especially during dry spells. Avoid overwatering, which can cause the plants to become waterlogged and susceptible to disease.

    • Fertilize: Yellow squash is a heavy feeder, so fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. You can also side-dress the plants with compost or well-rotted manure to provide additional nutrients.

    • Control pests and diseases: Watch for pests like squash bugs, cucumber beetles, and vine borers, which can damage yellow squash plants. Treat infestations with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Also, keep an eye out for fungal diseases like powdery mildew and treat promptly with a fungicide.

    • Harvest the fruit: Yellow squash is ready to harvest when it is 4-6 inches long and the skin is still tender. Pick the fruit frequently to encourage the plant to continue producing. Avoid letting the fruit get too large, as this can cause it to become tough and woody.

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