This page provides instructions and photos on how to grow Yellow Crookneck Squash. We will be using the Yellow Crookneck OG which is a summer squash, pictured above.
Summer refers to when it is grow and eaten. Winter squash is still grown in the summer time but harvested and eaten in the winter.
The Yellow Crookneck OG is a choice eating quality.
Many choose this strain as the best yellow variety for buttery flavor and firm texture. Big plants are late to begin bearing, but then yield consistently over a long picking period. Best picked small, 4-5" long. Organically grown.
Days to Maturity: 58
CULTURE: Yellow Crookneck Squash likes fertile, composted, well-drained soil.
DIRECT SEEDING: Sow beginning in late spring after danger of frost, when soil temp. is minimum 62° for treated seeds and 70° for untreated seeds. Seeds will rot in cool soil, especially cool, wet soil!
Sow 2-3 seeds every 9-12" (thin to 1 plant), 1/2-1" deep; or sow about 4" apart (thin to 1 plant/ft.), rows 5-6' apart.
ROW COVERS: AG-19 (heavier grade) floating row covers will provide about 4° of frost protection, and add warmth for vigor and earlier harvest.
DISEASES: If the first few fruits wither, blacken, and/or fail to enlarge, it indicates absence of pollination, remedied when male blossoms appear and provide pollen. Virus diseases tend to be cyclic; watch for resistant varieties.
Downy mildew may occur in cool, damp weather, powdery mildew in hot, droughty periods and in the fall. Till in the vines before winter or remove and compost mildewed plants. Copper fungicides offer some control.
INSECT PESTS: Protect young plants with floating row covers. Cucumber beetles, squash bugs, and vine borers can be a challenge. Rotenone and pyrethrin offer some control. Squash bug eggs laid on underside of leaves may be located and crushed. Keep borders well mowed.
For vine borers, use rotenone around the base of young plants. Cut borers out of vines and hill soil over the wound. Clean up refuse in the fall, and spring-plow the ground to bury the pupae.
HARVEST: Harvest regularly, 2-3 times a week depending on age of plants and growing weather. Pick the vegetables when they are about six inches long and 3/4 inches in diameter. Letting them get bigger than this will affect the taste.
STORAGE: Refrigerate at 32-50°F and high humidity to store 1-2 weeks. Can also be canned but not as good as fresh.
Below is a picture of my Yellow Squash seedlings. So far they are coming along all right.
Below are pictures of our yellow squash.
The first one is a squash on the vine.
The second is what it looks like harvested. I like to pick mine when they are small and tender. Others like to wait until they are larger.
When it comes to vegetables, larger is not necessarily better.
Below are some pictures of our Yellow Crookneck squash buds. Soon we will be enjoying some summer squash. Soon after than we will have so much coming out our ears that we will try to give it away to our friends.
There is also a flower that has been pollinated in the first picture.
There are some flowers waiting to be pollinated as well.
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