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We love pasta but it isn’t always the healthiest option. If you haven’t tried it before, you have GOT to start growing spaghetti squash. It is an awesome alternative to pasta.
The main difference between summer and winter squash is the skin of the fruit. You will notice yellow squash and zucchini skin will come right off even if you barely scrape them. Whereas, spaghetti squash, and other winter squash have a hard, almost shell like rind; similar to that of a coconut.
How to grow spaghetti squash
We prefer to only plant non-GMO and organic seeds. We don’t use pesticides, so we like to have confidence that our seed suppliers are doing the same. So we always get our organic seeds online.
How to plant spaghetti squash
You can almost always get specific plant instructions on the back of the seed packet. If they are not on yours, you can always come back here and use this handy guide.
When to plant spaghetti squash
Spaghetti squash is best when started inside and then transplanted into your garden later. You will want them to be large enough to go out once the last frost has passed.
Figure out your gardening zone. Then you can figure out when the last frost date will be and start your plants inside accordingly. All you need to start your plants is a light source, organic potting soil and starting trays.
If you do not want to start them inside, you can sow directly into soil that is between 75 and 95 degrees. Obviously, this will also be after the last frost.
Spacing for spaghetti squash
When we garden, we like to maximize our space so we utilize the square foot gardening method. Basically, we use boxed grids instead of rows. Each box is 4 feet by 4 feet with single square foot planting pods.
Whether you are transplanting or sowing directly, you will want to create mounds for your plants or seeds. If you are planting seeds, put 4 or 5 seeds ½ to 1 inch deep. Space them out every 6 to 8 inches.
If you are transplanting, keep the same mounds and just plant every 6 to 8 inches. We will sometimes use a trellis with our spaghetti squash as well.
They like to vine and will grow up if you train them appropriately. Unfortunately, the squash can sometimes get too large and heavy to support themselves. When this happens, you can use strips of fabric, old pantyhose, or any kind of material to help support them as they grow.
How long does it take for spaghetti squash to grow?
Spaghetti squash has a pretty quick germination time. You should start season the first signs of your new plant in about 8 and 10 days.
When to pick spaghetti squash
Spaghetti Squash will reach it’s maturity in about 90 days, or 3 months. At this point, your fruit should be ready to pick and enjoy.
How to tell if spaghetti squash is ripe is to keep an eye on the color of it’s rind. While growing, it will be a cream color. When it is ready to pick it will be a more yellowish buff color.
Can you store spaghetti squash?
Storing spaghetti squash is easy. All you have to do is make sure it is in a cool dry space and it will keep for up to 2 months.