Summer cucurbits

Cucurbits are a versatile family of delicious vegies that include cucumbers, zucchini, pumpkin, melons and squash.

Here are different varieties to suit both large and small spaces, including pots, so if you have a sunny spot, everyone can grow a cucurbit!

Yates® Squash ‘Green Button Hybrid’ is an easy to grow baby squash that produces an abundant crop of sweet and tender squash that taste great when steamed, baked or stir fried.

Starting your patch or pot of squash couldn’t be easier:

  1. Find a sunny spot that receives at least 6 hours of sun a day.
  1. In the vegie patch, enrich the soil first with some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. For potted squash, choose a medium sized pot (around 40 cm in diameter) and fill with a good quality potting mix such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  1. Sow seed 20 mm deep directly into damp soil or potting mix. Seedlings will pop up in 6 – 10 days.
  1. Feed each week with Yates Thrive® Flower & Fruit Soluble Plant Food, which provides a complete diet for squash plants and helps promote healthy leaf growth as well as being boosted with additional potassium to encourage lots of squash.
  1. Pick squash regularly when they reach 5 – 10 cm in diamter.

Curcurbit disease protection tip: damp or humid weather can promote diseases like powdery mildew, which appears like a fine dusting of talcum powder over the leaves. Yates Lime Sulfur is a very effective way of controlling powdery mildew on vegetables like squash, as well as other cucurbits, vegetables and tomatoes. Yates Lime Sulfur has quite a strong smell (it smells a bit like rotten eggs) but don’t let this deter you! Spray over foliage and repeat as required. Yates Lime Sulfur is a handy product to have on hand during summer, as it will also control tomato mites, two spotted mites and rust.

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