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Growing Squash in a Container

This article has been supplied by Pamela Crawford

Yellow squash (also called summer or crooked neck squash) looks fabulous all by itself in this huge, blue container. I was quite surprised at how fast it grew - from a seedling to the size shown in only six weeks! It was the first vegetable to bear fruit in my entire garden, but the plant only lasted only about two or three months. However, it produced quite a bit of squash, which made up for its relatively short lifespan.

Light: Full sun, at least six hours per day

Season: When temperatures range from 50 to 90 degrees. Optimum temperatures are 65 to 75 degrees.

Care: Plant in a good quality potting mix, not potting soil, top soil, or garden soil. Fertilize on planting day with a slow-release mix. Water thoroughly if the plants show signs of wilt, or the soil feels dry when you push your fingertip into the potting mix.

Troubleshooting: Downy mildew is a problem that is hard to control (requires weekly spraying) in areas of the country that have it. Squash are also sometimes bothered by squash vine borers, which bore into the stem and eat the stem from the inside out. If you see a small, black dot on the stem, cut open the stem and remove the bug.

Container: Campania International's Anduze Urn (27"W X 31"H). For best results, stick to larger containers (at least 18-inch diameter) for for this type of squash. Shop for it at

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About Pamela Crawford
Best-selling author Pamela Crawford has written 5 container gardening books about combinations that she has planted and grown at her home. Her creations are not only beautiful but easy to grow as well.