The quick and convenient step by step guide to growing your spaghetti squash!
Spaghetti with fewer calories! This unique variety, Vegetable Spaghetti, produces a 12" long squash that yields delicious spaghetti-like strands of creamy light-yellow flesh when cooked. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, then cut open and scrape out strands. This variety matures in about 100 days, and can store up to 6 months!
How to Grow Spaghetti Squash from Seed!
# 1 | Gardeners with short growing seasons may want to start their vegetable spaghetti squash seeds for sale indoors a month before the last expected frost. Since squashes do not take well to transplanting, peat pots are the best option.
#2 | Plant two seeds per pot, later clipping off the weaker seedling.
#3 | Harden the seedlings by exposing them to the weather for several hours at a time during the week before transplanting.
#4 | About a week after the last frost or when the soil temperature reaches an average of 60 degrees F, plant the seedlings in very rich soil 8-10' apart in rows 10-12' apart. (Another option is to plant the seedlings in hills of two, 8-10' apart. To direct sow, plant the seeds a week after frost 1/2" deep, 3-4' apart and thin to 8-10' apart. )
#5 | Since squash seedlings do not tolerate frost, provide protective coverings if cold weather threatens. Keep the soil moist at all times, but avoid getting the leaves wet as this can cause diseases such as rot or mildew.
#5 | When the vines begin to develop, a layer of mulch will help conserve moisture and control weeds; mulch also will keep the squashes clean and protect them from too much soil contact.
- Do not plant pumpkins and other squash family crops in the same spot 2 years in a row.
-For companion planting benefits, plant squashes along with corn but avoid planting them with potatoes.