There are a myriad of squashes to grow and I’ve tried a few. I always try to grow a mix of summer and winter squashes – courgettes are so easy to grow and there are many ways to cook them but don’t turn your back for long or you’ll have a glut of huge marrows that you just can’t even give away.
The winter squash I tend to grow is butternut squash. They, again, are a versatile veg – roasted, chipped, mashed or as a winter warmer soup. Gourds and pumpkins are other examples and growing pumpkins with kids is a great way to get them into gardening, cooking and nature – pumpkins seeds make great birdfood.
I tend to grow my squashes from seed, sowing them in April so they are ready to go out in mid-May, after all danger of frost has passed. I have noticed the ones I left in my dad’s greenhouse longer are looking bigger than the ones I put out so I may leave them inside until a little later next year.