Title: Grow a row of vegetables in Florida
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Title: Grow a row of vegetables in Florida
Series Title: Circular
Alternate Title: Grow a row of ... in Florida
Physical Description: 12 leaflets in folder : ill. ; 31 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Carter, Lawrence
Stephens, James M
Florida Cooperative Extension Service
Publisher: Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Florida A & M University, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville?
Publication Date: 198-?
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Subject: Vegetable gardening -- Florida   ( lcsh )
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Statement of Responsibility: prepared by Lawrence Carter and James M. Stephens.
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Circular 463
Leaflet 9


Grow A-Row


Grow a few hills of squash to add color to your row. They can be eaten raw, pickled,
cooked in casseroles or as a side dish with other vegetables. They grow rapidly
during the warm season with very little care. Just follow this simple step-by-step
guide.


VARIETIES TO PLANT:


(Summer) Summer Crookneck, Cocozelle, Zucchini, Patty Pan, Early
Prolific Straightneck
(Winter) Table Queen, Acorn, Butternut, Sweet Mama


WHEN TO PLANT:


North Florida
March-April
Aug-Sept


Central Florida
Feb-March
Aug-Sept


South Florida
Jan-March
Sept-Oct


STEP 1. SITE SELECTION
Select a spot that is open to good sun-
light. The site should be three to five feet
from tree roots and shrubbery. Be sure
there is a good water supply nearby. Squash
grow best in good fertile soil. Most any soil
type can be used if fertilized and watered as
needed.


STEP 2. SOIL PREPARATION
A roto-tiller does the best job of tilling the
soil. If not available, a spade, hoe and rake
will be sufficient. First remove all trash,
roots, and weeds with a hoe and rake. Then,
loosen the soil to a depth of about 6 inches.
Rake again to level the ground.


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STEP 3. LIMING
Ask your county Extension agent about
testing your soil to see if lime is needed. If
needed, spread dolomite lime over the en-
tire garden area and work into the soil at
least three weeks before planting. Your
county agent will tell you how much to use.


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STEP 5. BEDDING
After fertilizing, prepare a firm raised
seedbed or round hills (mounds) to keep
heavy rains from drowning the roots or
packing soil too tightly for seeds to germi-
nate. Use a hoe to mound up soil along the
row to get the right size bed. Make the bed
about 6 inches high and 24 inches wide. If
hills are used, make them high and wide
enough to plant 2 or 3 squash seeds per hill.


STEP 4. FERTILIZING
Fertilize squash regularly with a common
garden fertilizer such as 6-6-6, 6-8-8 or
8-8-8. When ready to plant, use about one
quart of fertilizer per 25 feet of row. Spread
entire amount evenly on top of the row
area, then rake into the soil. Apply a hand-
ful of fertilizer beside (side-dressing) each
plant every 2 or 3 weeks. Keep the soil
moist by watering when needed.
Use compost (rotted leaves, straw or grass
clippings, etc.) or animal manure (cow,
horse, chicken, etc.) where available. Use
10 gallons per 25 feet of row or a gallon at
each hill-site. Work thoroughly into the soil
at least 3 weeks before planting. Rake and
level thpe orrmmln


STEP 6. SEEDING
Two ounces of squash seeds will plant 100
feet of row. Plant certified squash seeds 36
inches apart on the seedbed and 1/2 inch
deep. Place two or three seeds in each hill
along the row and cover very lightly with
soil. Do not pack the soil or disturb the
seeds after planting. Keep seedbed moist by
watering as needed.























STEP 7. EARLY CULTIVATION
AND THINNING
Thin squash plants when they are 2 to 3
inches high to allow sufficient space for
each plant to grow and produce. Leave at
least two plants per hill along the row on
the seedbed. Cultivate plants without dis-
turbing roots at first sign of grass or weeds.


STEP 9. SIDE-DRESSING
FERTILIZER
Feed squash plants as they grow. Every
two weeks, spread a little fertilizer by hand
to the side of each plant. Work it into the
soil with a hoe or rake, then, water to settle
soil and fertilizer around plant roots.


STEP 8. TRELLISING
The Acorn and Butternut squash have
running vines and may easily be trained to
climb a trellis, fence or other support. Trel-
lising squash saves space and makes them
more visible for care and harvesting. It
keeps them off the ground and clean. In-
sects and diseases can be seen and con-
trolled more easily.


STEP 10. INSECT AND
DISEASE CONTROL
Spray or dust your squash plants only
when you must to control insect or disease
damage. A good time to apply insecticides
on squash is at flowering to control worms
entering the flower and eating your mature
squash. When needed, use malathion,
diazinon or sevin for insects. Spray once a
week with maneb, zineb dithane M-45 or
bravo for disease control.
























STEP 11. CHECKING GROWTH STEP 12. HARVESTING
Observe squash plants as they grow. Be Squash is ready to pick when in an im-
alert and stop problems from getting too far mature stage. The entire squash may be
along by spotting them early. When young eaten. Do not allow them to turn a deep
squash start to form, check daily for fruit yellow or warty color, unless you like them
size to see if they are ready to pick. Pick with lots of hard seeds. Squash do not store
squash every three days to prevent over- well, so find ways to use them immediately
maturity, after harvest.







For More Information
If you need to know more about growing your squash,
contact your County Extension Service office.

PREPARED BY
Lawrence Carter
Extension Rural Development Specialist
and
James M. Stephens
Extension Vegetable Crops Specialist
The Cooperative Extension Service of Florida A&M University and University of Florida offers
educational programs, materials and assistance to all people without regard to race, color, or
national origin.


AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


COOPERATIVE EXTENSION WORK IN AGRICULTURE AND HOME ECONOMICS
Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914
Cooperative Extension Service, IFAS, Florida A&M University, University
of Florida and United States Department of Agriculture, Cooperating
K. R. Tefertiller, Director

This publication was promulgated at a cost of $2688.00, or $.04 per copy, to provide Florida home gardeners with
information on the planting care of squash.


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