Survival Gardening: Squash and Zucchinni

Spring is fast approaching and many will start gardens for the very first time. Wanna have guaranteed (well…..almost) success? Over the years I have found it incredibly easy to grow both zucchini and crookneck summer squash. I have grown these in containers, raised beds, as well as in the ground.

Provided there is decent soil, water and sunlight – throw the seeds in the ground and in several weeks there will be zucchini and squash on the grill or in the frying pan.

These are some massive zucchini's!

A few more thoughts:

  • I have had very few problems with bugs messing with squash and zucchini’s.
  • Both can be eaten raw (though I wouldn’t recommend it).
  • Both have excellent storage life.
  • Plants are incredibly productive and picking is needed from every day to every few days once stuff becomes ripe.

Lastly – seeds store well. I have planted seeds that were over 3 years old and had no issues.

Looking forward to April when the seeds enter the ground.

Rourke


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12 Comments

  1. If you are a Biblical person, you probably believe that the world was originally perfect, then Adam and Eve sinned and ruined things: I think that’s when squash and zucchinni started growing too.

  2. Looks like you have a good start on a nice ratatouille. Add some oven roasted spuds and a nice venison loin. Let me know when dinner’s ready, I’ll bring a few bottles of Merlot and the wine poached pears for dessert.

    Enjoy your harvest.

  3. The best way to preserve them is to dehydrate or dry them . They keep well and cook up pretty good later .
    Robert W

  4. I am starting my first garden this spring. I am a complete novice, can barely grow grass so I have been researching all winter and I decided to go with the square foot gardening method. My raised bed is all set up and waiting for last frost. Squash is definitely one of my first crops and I am pleased to hear that they grow easily, because I am going to need all the success I can get. Wish me luck, if all goes well i may submit an article about it.

    Thanks
    Al

  5. My girlfriend had a little luck with zucchini last summer. Our harvest was seriously hurt by earwigs. Those nasty little bastards probably destroyed 2/3 of our plants.

    • Thor –

      Check Home Depot or Lowes for some GARDEN-use insecticide. I have used some in the past – but very infrequently.

      Thanks – Rourke

  6. And just what are you doing about squad bugs? Damn things eat my plants ALIVE, I have to plant twice and much to get what I want…

  7. Typos are what i get for multi-tasking. SQUASH bugs… sorry. Little bastards infect all my plants and vines. Found that straight-neck squash tries to keep them at bay naturally and I really want to avoid using pesticides (where would I get pesticides in a WROL or grid down situation?)…

    • BePrepared –

      I have not had a whole lot of problems with squash bugs. Good point on after a WROL situation unable to buy insecticide. Might be able to barter for it. Could also store some for a few seasons.

      Rourke

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