In this article, I will take you through everything you need to know to grow Squash in your Perth backyard.
(Whilst most of this guide suits anywhere in Australia, check local conditions for growing months if you live outside Perth.)
There’s literally nothing better than eating freshly harvested food from your own vegetable patch! You don’t know how delicious a tomato is, until you picked one warm right off the vine.
When should you plant Squash?
The best months to plant Squash in Perth are Sep-Jan. You can plant using Seed or Transplant, ideally when the soil temperature is around 15-24 degrees celcius and the air is around 15-30 degree celcius.
Seeds or Transplant? Seed or Transplant
Ideal air temp: 15-30c
Ideal soil temp: 15-24c
Can Squash grow in pots?
Yes, they can grow in pots. Be mindful of the size they grow to.
The great thing about planting Squash in pots is that you can move them around easily, should they need more or less sun, or are getting attacked by pests. In some cases, you can even grow Squash indoors, as long as the position can get enough sun.
How much sun should Squash get?
You will discover that Squash thrives on Full sun.
Some gardens get more shade than others, and your direction north etc varies. Try the ideal position first, and if the Squash isn’t growing well enough, maybe try a more or less sunnier spot.
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How often should you water Squash?
Squash really enjoys when it gets Regular watering.
They prefer soil that is Well-drained.
When can you harvest?
Being a 6-8Weeks vegetable, the ideal time to harvest your Squash crop is around Sept-Jun. Play it by ear though, and just see how your plant(s) do this season.
Growing Squash in rows
If you are getting serious with your vegetable garden, you may wish to grow Squash in rows. You’ll need to allow around 90 centimetres between rows, and 50 centimetres between each seedling or seed.
Space between rows: 90 cm
Space between seedlings: 50 cm
Keep the seeds!
Did you know that you can keep Squash seeds for up to 3 to 10 years, and use them to grow more next season?
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Enjoy delicious Squash in your Perth garden
You can save so much money by growing Squash in your own backyard.
Growing your own vegetables in your backyard or balcony to then put on your dinner table gives you a great sense of happiness and accomplishment.
I hope you found this guide useful, and that you soon start growing some veges for yourself.