What’s in the Garden Now – Squash!

Honeybees are very helpful for pollinating squash in the home garden.

Honeybees are very helpful for pollinating squash in the home garden.

By Les Harrison, UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director and Clara Foran, UF/IFAS Wakulla County Family and Consumer Sciences Temporary Program Aide

Summer 2015 put an end to many garden crops in Wakulla County.  The 90 degree plus temperatures and high humidity do not agree with the production requirements of most popular items.

While nearing the end of their summer run, winter squash plants at the UF/IFAS Wakulla County demonstration garden are still delivering these tasty, nutritious vegetables.  This popular staple grows well in Wakulla County’s summer and autumn climate.

Winter squash are part of the Cucurbitaceae plant family which includes cucumbers, cantaloupes, pumpkins and watermelons. While they actually grow in the summer, they are harvested in the late autumn more northern latitudes. Learn more about growing squash here!

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