Squash are usually classified as summer or winter squash. Fruits of summer squash are eaten in immature stages before the skin hardens. Winter squash are allowed to mature on the vine until the skin becomes relatively tough. Under favorable conditions, most summer squash varieties produce their first usable fruits 6 to 8 weeks from planting and continue to bear for several weeks. In general, winter squash require longer to mature.
All types of squash are highly susceptible to frost and should be seeded in the garden after danger of frost is over.
Squash are normally planted in hills 15 to 36 inches apart in rows 36 to 60 inches apart. Plant seed about 1 inch deep. Squash usually do not do well until soil and air temperatures are above 60 ºF.
When the first blooms appear, apply a small amount of fertilizer as a sidedress application and water it in. After harvest begins, an occasional light fertilizer application maintains vigorous growth and high productivity.