- Features: Small in size. When these squashes are harvested, they produce a shiny, creamy yellow, soft tender fruit with smooth skin early in the autumn. Also referred to as yellow zucchini.
- Maturity: 46 to 52 days / for best flavour harvest at 10-25cm (4"-10") in length.
- Light: Plant in full sun.
- Soil and water: This plant enjoys a pH level of 5.5 to 6.8, with a healthy amount of aged manure, with well drained and rich soil. Water as needed.
- Spacing: Plant 90cm (36") apart.
- Height: Vine length varies.
- Garden use: Vegetable gardens or raised beds. Squash is often planted on slight mounds or hills. Bush-types varieties can be grown in containers.
- Growing tips: Pick frequently to keep productive. Squash plants have an easy way of contracting bacterial leaf wilt, mosaic virus and mildew. You can prevent this from spreading by keeping your garden clean. Before the vine spreads apply mulch to control weeds.
- Culinary use: Chefs enjoy this creamy squash in their soups and sauces. You can also thinly slice them for dipping. Also stir fries, baked, steamed.
Harvesting and storage - You may harvest yellow squash, zucchini, and other types of summer squash as baby squash, or you can cut them larger, up to 15-20cm (6-8") long. Use a sharp knife to harvest every other day while the plants are producing. Remove overripe squash as soon as possible to reduce demands on the plants for moisture and nutrients. Summer squash also work well when dried. You can store butternut squash fruits for the winter. As butternut plants turn yellow in the fall, gather the fruits and wipe them clean to reduce spoilage. Move indoors for storage before freezing weather.
When the rinds of winter squash are tough enough to resist being punctured with a fingernail, cut them with a short stub of vine attached. Be patient, because only fully ripened squash will keep for months in storage. Wipe fruits clean with a damp cloth, and store them in a basement or other cool place. Until you are ready to cook pretty acorns or butternuts, it’s fine to include them in fall table decorations.