Courge Squash Chayote Kürbis
Soil :Well-drained soil enriched with plenty of compost.
Position : Full sun
Frost tolerant : No
Helps: corn, beans, okra
Helped by: Beans, buckwheat, borage, catnip, tansy, radishes,marigolds, nasturtiums
Attracts: Spiders, Ground Beetles
Sow and Plant :Sow seeds 1 inch deep in spring, either in rows or hills. Also may be started from seedlings started indoors or purchased at stores.
Germination: 4-10 days
Spacing : Single Plants: 1′ 11″ (60cm) each way; Rows: 1′ 11″ (60cm) with 1′ 11″ (60cm) row gap
Feeding : Drench plants with a liquid fertilizer when they begin to blossom and set fruits.
Harvesting :Harvest summer squash when they are young and tender, before the rinds begin to harden. Use a knife to cut fruits from the plants.
Yield per 10ft of row: 60
Time to harvest: 60-75days
Troubleshooting : Radishes can be used as a trap crop against flea beetles, Cucurbita can be used in the three sisters technique. Marigolds and nasturtiums repel squash bugs. Marigolds repel cucumber beetles.
Squash bugs and squash vine borers can be serious pests. Exclude them from young plantings with row covers.
Notes :Keep plantings small, to fewer than a dozen plants. Different types of summer squash help pollinate one another because they are of the same species.