Invasion of the Cucurbits


Photo By: Tom Myrick -2018-

Writer: Tom Myrick

This season the Veggie-Bed was overrun with squash. By planting squash throughout the Veggie-Bed’s grounds in areas having plenty of sun and good drainage, these plants flourished. Collecting bags of squash my friends and neighbors were bombarded by the abundance of this prolific plant.  A genus of herbaceous vines in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, Cucurbits (aka Cucurbita) contains squash, the species grown worldwide for their edible fruit.

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“Squash is a warm weather crop (including both summer and winter (butternut, acorn, etc.) squash).  It is sensitive to frost and to cold.  Growing squash is successful in most gardening climates. However, the colder the climate, the shorter the plant’s growing cycle. In hot climates, plant year round. In colder regions, plant in early summer” ( [1].

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Photo By: Tom Myrick -2018-

Picking the squash this summer before they reach full maturity, because their skin is edible and summer squash is delicious raw, many were eaten right off the vine. “Summer squash is a non-starchy vegetable that is very low in calories and carbohydrates. It is one of those foods that you can eat without feeling guilty because it fits very well on a low-carbohydrate and modified carbohydrate diet” ( [2].



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Tom Myrick

"When life kicks you in the butt, use it as energy for forward motion", Tom Myrick. I graduated from the Media Production Technology Curriculum at Tidewater Community College in 1988. Working as a professional Media Production Specialist/Photojournalist for most of my adult life, I became proficient in many aspects of multimedia production. In 2006, I completed the Master Gardener program and started attending horticulture classes at a local community college. Writing, photography, and gardening are passions of mine; altogether, a “marriage made in heaven". Having a diversified set of work skills and a lifetime of experience, I currently write for several online vegetable gardening publications and own a landscaping business. My mission is to encourage vegetable gardening throughout the world. Play in the dirt, Tom