How to Harvest Summer Squash

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Harvesting summer squash is a fall tradition in many different parts of the country. Find out how to harvest summer squash with help from an experienced gardener in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Kathy Martin, Author of the blog, Skippy's Vegetable Garden, a journal of my sustainable garden. I'm here in Belmont, Massachusetts in my fall garden with my puppy Skippy and his friend, and I'm here to show you how to harvest summer squash. Summer squash comes in a number of types; summer squash is a squash that have grow fast, that have soft skins. Zucchini is one type of summer squash; this is a yellow squash, they're also patty pan squashes and round shape zucchinis. So, one of the most important things with harvesting squash is to pick it at the right stage. You want to pick it when it's young and tender before it gets too big. And with this zucchini and the yellow squash, that would be right about when it's five inches long, four to six inches long. And squash grows very fast especially in the middle of the summer and in order to find all the squashes that are growing, you do need to check your plants every two days to pick them at the right size. If some of your squashes get bigger, they're still good for using in breads and baking and other items. And the other thing to be aware of is if the squash plants are, can be pretty prickly especially zucchinis. So, if that is going to bother you and scratch your legs or arms, you might want to wear long sleeves or long pants. The way I pick squash is to use a knife, grab hold of the squash in the plant, lift it up a bit to make the stem available. Then, you're going to put the knife in and just slice. Be gentle in picking up the squash because the skin is very delicate and it's easy to, to damage it. You can also use clippers, garden clippers if you'd like; but, they're a little bulkier to get in there into the plant. Some gardeners have a method where they pull the stem up and then give it a twist and flick off the plant without a cutting tool. I find it safer to use a cutting tool. So, I've showed you how to harvest summer squashes. I'm Kathy Martin, Author of the blog, Skippy's Vegetable Garden, a journal of sustain, my sustainable garden. Enjoy your sustainable garden and grow some great vegetables for your family.

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