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Great Tips for Growing Squash

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • When planted in your garden, squash is planted in hills containing two to three plants spaced 3 to 5 feet apart; they need consistent feeding and require a good mulching to protect a broad, shallow root system
  • Squash is a summer fruit, not a vegetable, categorized as summer squash, including zucchini and yellow crookneck squash, or winter squash, including pumpkins, acorn and spaghetti squash. The name indicates how long the fruit may be stored
  • The fruit is one of the largest groups of food and oldest cultivated crop. China and India produce nearly half of the squash worldwide, and New York is the largest producing state in the U.S.
  • The flowers, seeds and flesh of the squash are edible, packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, promoting eye and skin health, aiding in wound healing, fighting free radicals and providing fiber promoting good digestive health

Squash is a flowering plant in the gourd family. Although you may think of them as vegetables, they are actually fruit. The seeds, blossoms and fruit may all be cooked and eaten. Squash are often categorized as summer or winter squash, depending upon the length of time they may be stored, and not their growing season, as both are warm weather crops.

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