Squash has about the same cultural requirements and problems as pumpkins, cucumbers, and muskmelons.
Squash varieties are divided into three classes - summer, fall, and winter. The summer squashes are used while they are young and tender, when the rind can be easily penetrated by a thumbnail. The fall and winter varieties have a hard rind, are harvested when mature, and are good for storage. Store winter squash the same as pumpkins.
Common insects on this crop and pumpkins are cucumber beetles, squash bugs, and squash vine borers, which can be controlled with a general garden insecticide.
|Crop||Amount for 100
ft of row
|Variety recommended for use in Illinois||Days to harvest||Resistant to|
|Squash (seed)||1 ounce||Summer|
|Early Prolific Straightneck||50|
|Table Queen||90||Bacterial wilt|
|Vegetable||Hardiness||Recommended planting period for central Illinois (b)||Time to grow from seed to field (c)|
|Squash, summer||Very Tender||May 10-June 15||…….||…|
|Squash, winter||Very Tender||May 20-June 1||June 1||…|
|Vegetable||Spacing in row|
|Seed to sow per foot||Distance between plants when thinned or transplanted||Distance between rows||Planting depth|
|Squash, summer||2-3 in row
4-5 per hill
|18-24, single plants
48, hills (3 plants per hill)
|Squash, winter||1-2 in row
4-5 per hill
|24-36, single plants
72, hills (3 plants per hill)