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This month’s feature is Squash.
An often asked question at the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension office during gardening season is which cultivar is best to plant. The response is usually the nebulous sounding statement of “It depends…”
Squash are a good example of how this vague pronouncement functions. The grower must select a cultivar based on their needs and preferences, which should be considered before the planting begins.
Historically, squash were first cultivated in pre-Columbian America over 2000 years ago. These early open-pollinator or heirloom varieties performed well in the tropical climate and delivered a generous volume of food per acre.