Plant on 5/8 in 38s.
Winter squash are not transplanted in the greenhouse.
Transplant seedlings outside on 5/29, spacing them every two feet on hills with two rows per bed.
Squash vine out significantly, so do not plant the winter squash in a bed beside a crop that would be easily damaged, or that needs to be harvested during the squash’s growing season (such as beans).
Squash need to be watered during dry periods, and planted in well-drained soil. They are hardy plants, and once they are established, grow vigorously.
The cultivation of squash plants when they are young is crucial to their healthy development. Once they vine out, the shade of their leaves blocks out most competition from other plants. It also makes weeding nearly impossible, so staying on top of it when they are smaller and possible to work around is necessary. Use a collinear or stirrup hoe to cultivate thoroughly but shallowly, as the root system of winter squash is shallow and delicate.
See summer squash
Winter squash are ready to harvest once the skin has turned to its rich, mature color and the rind is hard. Carefully cut the stem of the fruit, being mindful not to damage the vine or the fruit, as any nicks will cause rot. Be sure to harvest the squash before heavy frost.
After harvesting, wash the squash in a mild bleach solution, which will keep fruit flies away during storage. If undamaged and fully mature, squash will store very well for extended periods of time in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place. Do not stack to deeply as this may cause damage. Refrigeration is unnecessary.
For retail, sell at $1.50 each and at $1.50 per pound for wholesale.