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Horticulture and Home Pest News
Horticulture & Home Pest News is filled with articles on current horticulture, plant care, pest management, and common household pests written by Iowa State University Extension specialists in the Departments of Entomology, Horticulture and Plant Pathology.

How to Grow Squash in the Home Garden

This article was published originally on 4/8/2009

Summer squash such as zucchini, and winter squash such as acorn and buttercup grow well in fertile, well-drained soils containing high levels of organic matter. They also require full sun. MORE
 
Harvest.
The proper time to harvest winter squash is when they are fully mature. Winter squash can be cured and stored for use later in the winter.   MORE
 
Insect Pests.
Two common pests plague squash growers, occasionally ruining the crop. Squash bugs feed on plant sap and cause infested leaves to turn black. Squash vine borer is a caterpillar that lives inside the stem, usually near soil level. Preventing borer damage means treating before the moth lays her eggs on the plant.