Squash (Summer) Growing Guide

Squash (Summer), also known as Zucchini, pattypan

Crop Rotation Group

Cucurbits (Squash family) 

Soil

Soil enriched with plenty of compost.

Position

Sunny.

Frost tolerant

No.

Feeding

Feed with a slow release organic fertiliser when flowers begin forming. Fortnightly liquid feed from mid summer.

Companions

Nasturtium and Sweetcorn.

Spacing

Single Plants: 60cm (1' 11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 60cm (1' 11") with 60cm (1' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

In frost areas, sow under cover in seed trays in early spring. Plant out after last frosts. In frost free areas sow directly into the soil in early spring.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

One or two plants is plenty - they will produce lots of courgettes over a season.

Harvesting

Harvest before the courgettes get too big and turn into marrows. This encourages more courgettes to grow.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Squash (Summer)

Plant Diseases which Affect Squash (Summer)