Growing summer squash is one of my favorites for my vegetable garden. Summer squashes are pretty hardy and, more often than not, you’ll have more than you can use (but I have shared some recipes at the end of this post).
So what is summer squash? Summer squash is a squash grown during the warm season, after any frost. The biggest difference between summer and winter squash is that summer squash is picked when it is tender; you do not need to wait until the outer rind hardens like winter squash. Summer squash varieties include zucchini, yellow crook neck squash, yellow straight squash, scallop squash (or patty pan) and a few other miscellaneous squashes. Not only are summer squashes tasty…they are beautiful!
I recommend trying at least one variety you’ve never had before! But WARNING, don’t plant more than one summer squash plant per family member unless you are selling or plan to give a lot away!
Growing Summer Squash – When to Plant
- Growing from seed, directly sown in your garden, is best.
- You can start seeds indoors but they don’t care for root disturbance, so plan to use seed pots that can go directly in the ground. (See my list of DIY Seed Starter Pots)
- Plant in your garden only after the chance of frost is passed (usually late spring to midsummer).