Squash - Yellow Straightneck
Compact and bushy, these high yielding plants produce an abundance of straight fruits. Excellent summer squash for flavor and color, with firm, meaty flesh. Best flavor when harvested between 6-8" in length. Can be eaten raw, but more commonly baked, boiled, or used in stir fry.
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 is still tender and the "ground spot" changes from white to cream or gold color.
Spacing -- 24 to 48" apart
Exposure -- Full Sun
Mature Size -- 45 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