Summer squash is fast and easy to grow and are amoung the most productive vegetables in the garden. The most popular summer squash is the zucchini, but many more varieties are available: yellow, pattypan, crookneck and many more! Ideally, summer squash is best consumed when its skin is soft and tender, often being ready to harvest within 40-60 days.
Colorful, curvaceous and a cinch to store, winter squash is one of the most nutritious crops you can grow, and these spectacular fruits hold their vitamins throughout their long storage life. Types of winter squash include: acorn, butternut, spaghetti and sweet dumpling. Fruits are ripe for harvesting if you cannot easily pierce the rind with your fingernail. Never rush to harvest winter squash, though, because immature fruits won’t store well. Unless freezing weather threatens them, allow fruits to ripen until the vines begin to die back.