Grow Pumpkins and Other Winter Squash!: Grow Pumpkins and Other Winter Squash

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Grow Pumpkins and Other Winter Squash!

By dave
October 14, 2015

When Texans hear the word "squash," they usually think about the watery and tasteless yellow crooknecks and zucchini. Well, put those ideas out of your mind! Winter Squash deserves a place in every southern garden.

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annecabani
Oct 17, 2015 6:49 AM CST
Thank you for this article. I've never thought of yellow squash and zucchini as watery and tasteless (I don't live in Texas. Maybe they taste better here); I grow them every year and can hardly wait until the first ones are big enough to eat. Then, by the time frost kills the vines, I've usually eaten so many of them so often I'm almost glad to see them go. Regrettably, since my husband died, I haven't grown a large enough garden to grow both summer and winter squash, so I've opted for summer. In the past, we grew winter squash and stored it in an unheated room where it kept until spring. Some of the best pumpkins we ever grew sprouted in a compost pile beside a large rosebush. As the vines grew, they climbed the rose canes. As the pumpkins grew, they bent the canes until they (the pumpkins) were sitting upright on the ground; so they were perfectly shaped. I've prepared a new bed in my garden and have been considering what to grow there. This article has inspired me to plant winter squash. Unfortunately, I have only enough space for one kind. How will I decide which that will be - my current favorite (butternut) or one of those I've never heard of but would like to try?

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