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Curator’s Corner: Happiness is Summer Squash

Get a glimpse inside our Summer Squash Collection, where our Editorial Director Norann Oleson reviews everything you need to know about growing your own summer squash.

Norann Oleson, Editorial Director of Food Gardening Network

Norann Oleson, Editorial Director of Food Gardening Network

Summer squash: It’s about much more than just zucchini! That’s what you’ll learn when you dig into this collection all about this versatile fruit (that’s right: you’re going to learn that it’s really a fruit, not a vegetable!).

Whether you’ve grown summer squash before, or you’ve only thought about trying it, you’re bound to learn something from this collection. Summer squash is fairly easy to grow, requiring little more than the usual water maintenance and pest and disease vigilance.

In this collection’s Introduction, you’ll start with the basics and some history of summer squash, a truly native American crop which can be grown almost anywhere there’s 60 days of sunshine in summer. Then, in the Feature Articles, you’ll get specifics about squash gardening—from types of plants and soil preparation to watering and controlling and preventing disease.

If you’re already an advanced squash and food gardener, some of this may be refresher content for you. But, stick with it, because you’re certain to learn something new, especially when it comes to starting seeds or seedlings.

 In Plant Profiles, you’ll learn about six popular varieties of summer squash, so you’ll have specific details about the characteristics and best uses for particular varieties. This is where the collection goes outside the zucchini box! If you’d like us to include another squash variety that appeals to you, please let me know by commenting below.

As always with the Food Gardening Network, we’ve included a variety of easy and absolutely luscious Recipes, so that you can enjoy your abundant crop—and it will be abundant, because that’s what summer squash does. We’ve all heard of the gardener who brings zucchini to work for colleagues to enjoy, or gives it away to strangers! You’ll be glad to try these recipes to use up your harvest.

The recipes include uses for casseroles, fritters, and even pizza. You’ll be sure to delight everyone at your table when you prepare squash any of these ways, and these dishes will become staples in your household. Enjoy your squash harvest with these tasty recipes, and your family and friends will appreciate all of your gardening efforts!


Next, you’ll learn Nutrition Facts about Squash to find out exactly what makes squash such a healthy food. Health Benefits of Squash will help you learn about how key nutrients in squash can help prevent some diseases, such as heart disease and cancer—and even make your hair more lustrous.

If you’re ready to explore squash and food gardening even further, we’ve included a Resources section that is complementary to this collection. Feel free to take a deeper dive into these additional resources by visiting the links provided. We’ve included resources that help you grow other foods besides squash, so you may find this section particularly useful.

Finally, you’ll find a brief Glossary at the end of this collection in case you need a fuller explanation of any key terms and concepts.

I know you’ll be fascinated reading this collection and picturing your next summer garden brimming with summer squash. Enjoy, and become the best food gardener you can be!


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