Planting Spaghetti Squash - Knowledgebase Question

Bay Shore, NY
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Question by SHESELLS2
November 5, 1997
My vegetable garden is very successful and I sell fresh home grown tomatoes, peppers, eggplant & zucchini on the corner of the lot. Many of my neighbors and customers are asking me to grow Spaghetti Squash. HELP !!! I don't know anything about them except that the supermarkets charge $1.per lb. and I've tried them and like it. Don't know if you carry the seeds, where to plant them in relation to the other vegetables, how early to plant, what to feed, how much water. Do you have any literature and seeds for this type of squash?

Bay Shore NY

Answer from NGA
November 5, 1997
Grow spaghetti squash just like you would any other cucurbit--pumpkins, melons, cucumbers, or other squash. They are tender, so set out once the soil has warmed up. You can start them indoors if you like, but they should do fine if direct seeded. Keep aneye out for cucumber beetles and squash bugs. You can cover your seedlings with a floating row cover secured at the edges with soil; remove the cover when the plant begins to flower to the bees can pollinate it. You can also grow the squash on a sturdy trellis; secure developing fruits to the trellis with a fabric sling to keep them from pulling the vines down. Keep you squash plants well-watered and fertilized, and you should be all set!

Yes, Burpee does sell spaghetti squash (2 varieties).

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