Squash may look big, beautiful and dramatic - but they're actually quite easy to grow from seed. A very popular vegetable to grow with children, in preparation for All Hallows' Eve! In colder climates like the UK, we'd recommend you get them started in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill.
All the vegetable seeds we sell are organic, and the variety of squash we currently stock is Amoro F1 (Cucurbita maxima).
This is a beautiful, deep orange winter squash that grows vigorously. Its firm, sweet, nutty flesh has a lovely flavour, and is perfect roasted or in soups.
How to grow squash
As Amoro F1 is a winter squash, you sow it during late spring, for harvesting September onwards. It's a relatively compact and bush-like variety (non-trailing), so it can be grown in a large container if you don't have a planting bed.
Sow your squash seeds April-May, on a windowsill or in a greenhouse. They do need plenty of light and warmth to get going, so choose a sunny spot.
Fill small flowerpots with compost and put one squash seed in each, 3cm deep and with the pointed end facing down. Water regularly.
Coir (the fibre extracted from the outer husk of coconuts) is peat-free, and can be used as an alternative to traditional compost to get the seeds started. Dehydrated coir discs are what we include in our complete seed starter kits.
However, coir does not contain the nutrients squash plants need to grow large. Once each seedling has developed four leaves, transplant into a larger pot filled with good quality, multi-purpose potting compost.
Once all danger of frost has passed, you can plant your squash seedlings outside.
Choose a sunny location. If planting directly into the soil, dig in plenty of garden compost or well-rotted manure first, and allow at least 60cm between plants.
If you're potting your seedlings into containers, choose planters that are at least 45cm in diameter.
Continue to water regularly.
As the fruits develop, gently raise and place each one on a tile or brick, so they're not resting on the damp earth.
Harvest your squash September-November, before the first frosts but as late as possible and only once the stalk has become dry.
Top tip: Winter squash will taste best if you let them 'mature' for 6-8 weeks after picking.
From plot to plate! Squash recipes
Squash is delicious in stews, soups and curries. It also makes excellent spicy roast wedges!
How to order
If you'd like to buy just one or two packets of our squash seeds, please visit our online shop.
If you'd like to buy 50 or more packets, for larger scale gardening or grow-your-own ventures, we offer good bulk discounts. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can give you a custom quotation for your project.