Question: When should I plant squash? What is the difference between “summer” and “winter” squash? Are those the seasons in which I should grow them?

Answer: It’s a matter of terminology. “Winter” squash mature over a much longer period of time, and they have harder outer skins. In the North, they mature in early fall and are often stored well into the winter. Here in Texas, however, they can mature in early to mid-summer from spring plantings, or you can sow them in mid- to late summer to mature in the fall. Summer squash, by comparison, start producing mature fruit within 50 to 60 days, so they can be sown in both early spring, as the danger of frost has passed, and again in late summer, for fall harvest.

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