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Winning Winter Squash

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Winter squash is full of possibilities! The great thing about this fabulous food is that it isn’t just one thing. It’s versatile enough to cook into soup, stew, bread, and more. And it’s so good for you, you can reap great health benefits…  READ MORE right arrow
Norann Oleson, Editorial Director of Food Gardening Network
There are almost as many ways to categorize winter squash as there are varieties of winter squash. Some grow on long vines; some grow on short vines; some grow more like small bushes with hardly any vine at all. Some ripe winter squash can fit in…  READ MORE right arrow
Assorted varieties of winter squash


USDA planting zone
Winter squash, like pumpkins, are warm-season plants, and their recommended growing zones are similar. They typically thrive in zones 3 to 9 in the U.S. Here are some examples of states within these recommended growing zones: Zone 3: Some states in this zone are: Parts of Montana Parts of North Dakota Parts of Minnesota Zone…  READ MORE right arrow
A variety winter squash
If you ask someone to name familiar types of squash, they’ll probably say acorn, butternut, and spaghetti. Butternut squash is the most popular squash crop in the United States. But there are so many other squashes than what you see at the supermarket.  READ MORE right arrow
Squash seedling emerging out of the garden soil
If your growing season permits it, direct sow your seeds outside; seedlings do not transplant as successfully as plants started outdoors. If you have a shorter growing season, you can get a jump on planting time and start your squash seeds indoors. You’ll just need to give those seedlings a little extra TLC.  READ MORE right arrow

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