Squash are classified into two groups depending on when they were traditionally eaten. Winter squash have hard rinds and can be stored for up to six months, while summer squash must be eaten right away. Popular types of winter squash include butternut, acorn, pumpkin, and spaghetti. They usually have orange or yellow flesh, and come in many flavors, shapes, and sizes. They're very nutritious and provide vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.
Squash are typically vining plants that require considerable growing space. For small gardens, build a trellis, or look for bush or semi-vining types. And even though the name says winter, they should be planted in spring or fall.
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- Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide
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- Home Gardening Series: Winter Squash--University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (PDF)
- Pumpkins and Winter Squash--Clemson (SC) Cooperative Extension
- Using and Storing Winter Squash--Clemson (SC) Cooperative Extension
- UF/IFAS Extension: Lawn & Garden
- Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program
- Florida Master Gardener Program
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