Squash - Spaghetti F-1
This variety of squash produces a large, unique fruit that can be served with spaghetti sauce. Fruits are 8-9" long, about 3-4 pounds each. Rind is hard, smooth, and medium yellow and the inside looks like spaghetti. A nutritious, low calorie alternative to pasta. Store for several months in a cool, dry location for an early winter treat. Excellent flavor.
Water Day/Week -- Squash set down long taproots to access moisture deep within the garden but still enjoy at least 1" of water weekly, sometimes more depending on the weather. Water deeply at the roots early in the day and avoid moisture fluctuations when plants are setting fruit to avoid blossom end rot. Avoid water getting on the leaves to help reduce the chance of disease.
Harvest -- Fruits are ready to harvest when the skin has hardened (your thumbnail can't easily pierce the skin) and the "ground spot" changes from white to a cream or gold color.
Spacing -- 24 to 48" apart
Exposure -- Full Sun
Mature Size -- 95 days
Feature -- High Yields
Heirloom Variety -- No
Kid-Friendly -- Yes
Container Friendly -- No
Soil pH -- 5.5 to 7.5
Time to plant -- After danger of frost has passed
Fertilize -- Side dress and water immediately with 10-10-10 once fruits begin to appear on the vines. Do not over fertilize or you'll have a better crop of leaves than fruits.
Pests to avoid -- Borers, leaf miners, root maggots, thrips
Companions -- Corn, radish, onion, beans, sunflower, garlic, cilantro, borage, sage, nasturtium and catnip
Avoid planting by -- Potato