Tips for Growing Winter Squash

Tips for Growing Winter Squash

What is the difference between Summer and Winter Squash? Mostly the growing time. Both types of squash are planted in early summer; the winter squash takes longer to mature and become fully ripe, about 80-120 days. Winter squash are also tough-skinned. * Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. You don’t have to purchase them through my links, but if you do, you will help support StraightWay, Inc. (www.straightway.org), a non-profit rehabilitation program that works with whole families as well as single moms and dads, and single guys and gals. For more information, visit my Disclosure[…]

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Growing Tips for Summer Squash

Growing Tips for Summer Squash

When people think of summer squash, they usually think of Zucchini. But there is more to summer squash than Zucchini. Other types of summer squash are: Yellow Squash: yellow, long, some with curved necks Zucchini Squash: Club-shaped, green fruits Pattypan Squash: Small, shaped like small flying saucers with scalloped edges. Colors from green to yellow to white Round Squash: Single-serving sized fruits on compact bushes Tromboncino Squash: Large curved light-green fruit, grows best on a trellis * Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. You don’t have to purchase them through my links, but if you[…]

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Growing Your Own Halloween Pumpkins

Growing Your Own Halloween Pumpkins

Nothing says “Fall” like a Pumpkin patch! And if you want to grow your own pumpkins for Halloween, you’d better plant by early summer. Follow this guide for growing huge pumpkins to delight the neighborhood kids! Preparation and Planting: Pumpkins need a site with full sun and good drainage. They take a lot of space: about 200 square feet (20 feet by 10 feet of space) per each plant. You could plant pumpkin after some other early crop has matured, or let the pumpkins take over the summer garden when the spring crops are harvested. Be cautious, as the tendrils[…]

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Tips for Growing Bell Peppers

Tips for Growing Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers are another easy to grow garden crop. Growing Bell Peppers is like growing Tomatoes and Potatoes, in that their growing requirements are similar. Bell Peppers are the second most grown vegetable, behind tomatoes. They come in many sizes, types and heat ranges, to suit any person’s taste. We mainly grow the large green bell peppers for adding into many recipes. * Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. You don’t have to purchase them through my links, but if you do, you will help support StraightWay, Inc. (www.straightway.org), a non-profit rehabilitation program that works[…]

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A Quick Guide to Growing Cantaloupes

A Quick Guide to Growing Cantaloupe

You can grow sweet and juicy cantaloupe easily with the right combination of sun, soil and water. With just a little care and attention, and following this guide to growing cantaloupe, you can have the sweetest-tasting cantaloupe fresh from garden to table! * Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. You don’t have to purchase things through my links, but if you do, you will help support StraightWay, Inc. (www.straightway.org), a non-profit rehabilitation program that works with whole families as well as single moms and dads, and single guys and gals. Preparing the soil The soil[…]

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Tips for Growing Your Best Cucumbers Ever!

Planting Cucumbers Cucumbers are another typical southern garden crop. Many gardeners, myself included, grow cucumbers and each year, the crop is cut short by stems drying up. Companion plants Cucumbers are a member of the Cucurbit family, which include Cantaloupe, Pumpkin, Squash, and Watermelon. In general, each of these crops have similar growing requirements, diseases and pest enemies. Cucumber varieties for pickling recommended for my Zone 9 area are: Calypso, Carolina, County Fair 87, Homemade, Little Leaf or National. Slicing recommendations are Ashley, Burpless, Dasher II, Poinsett 76, Straight Eight, Sweet Slice or Sweet Success. You can find the varieties[…]

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