Also known as Yellow Squash, the Crookneck squash has a bent neck that resembles a handle. It is best sowed in early summer with warm soil and harvested in mid fall. Seedlings should emerge after 10-14 days and thinned to one single plant when the seedlings have 2 sets of leaves present. Since squash has a shallow root, a layer of mulch will help retain moisture and even temperatures in the soil as well as reduce weeds.
A perk of squash is its ability to be harvested early as a summer squash or later as a mature winter squash. To harvest young, pick when the fruit is small and shiny. For a winter squash, wait until full maturity. The fruit will have a dull, thick skin. Squash is a great source of Fiber, Vitamin C, and Potassium! The culinary aspects of squash are endless! Enjoy roasted, sautéed, as a soup, pie, and more!