Summer squash is a warm-season vegetable picked while the rind is still soft. Summer squash grows on large, bushy, upright plants that need 4 square feet of garden space. Summer squash does not grow on a vine, such as watermelons, pumpkins or winter squash.
Plant four to six seeds in hills 48 inches apart. To create a planting hill, scrape the topsoil into a 12-inch pile and flatten the top. Bury the seeds 1 inch deep equally spaced around the top of the hill.
Thin all but the healthiest seedlings from the hills. Do not leave more than three plants in hill, as this will cause overcrowding. This spacing gives the summer squash plants enough room to grow to maturity with good air flow.
Plant single seeds at the spacing rate of 24 to 36 inches apart. Place the rows 48 inches apart. Keep the weeds under control while the seeds are germinating. Planting seeds this far away eliminates the need for thinning.
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