Summer Squash Bonanza

comments (9) June 15th, 2009 in Gallery

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Yellow Crookneck Squash
Its going crazy here!
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Yellow Crookneck Squash

Photo: Christy Wilhelmi

I admit it, I went a little crazy. I was determined to have a successful squash crop in the wake of last year's squash catastrophe. So I planned for extra, you might say. This season, at Ocean View Farms, I planted Delicata and Butternut Squashes. While at the Gardenerd Teaching Garden, we planted zucchini, patty pan, yellow crookneck and pumpkin.

The First round of zucchini and patty pan squash were eaten by birds. So were the second round. So then we planted seeds indoors to make sure nothing went wrong.  That did the trick. Meanwhile, the pumpkins and yellow crookneck squash that had been direct-seeded in the raised beds were going gang busters. That's putting it lightly.

I guess you could say that we're pushing the boundaries of Square Foot Gardening.  Mel Bartholemew teaches that you can plant squash 3 feet apart. My philosophy is that as long as you have really well-conditioned soil with lots of nutrients, you can grow them closer together—just let them ramble into the pathways. I may be eating my words a little later in the season though.

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Comments (9)

joeypage42 writes: very tasty.
Posted: 5:34 am on August 6th
cavanilyn writes: impressive work mate
Posted: 2:59 am on June 25th
toriwilson writes: really nice
Posted: 1:37 am on June 25th
Andylee2 writes: gud share
Posted: 10:39 am on June 23rd
machirano writes: lovely
Posted: 7:20 am on June 22nd
Shellenrope writes: I am inspired
Posted: 5:56 am on January 19th
Hettieroche writes: I love flowers!!
Posted: 5:26 am on January 13th
jackiewatson writes: awesome job
Posted: 6:37 am on December 29th
ShirleyBovshow writes: Hey Christy,
It's great to see you here at
It's about time, girl. So you are pushing the square foot bounderies? That's the spirit. There is so much garden wisdom out there and I like to test the limits too. I see your garden veggies have grown since I was in your yard a few weeks ago.

I hope to see more of your posts here since I drop in a lot. You are amazing and a wonderful inspiration!

Your L.A. co-hort
Posted: 1:30 pm on June 16th
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