Did you know this about squash?

Squash is high in vitamins A, B6, and C, folate, magnesium, fiber, riboflavin, phosphorus, and potassium. That’s a serious nutritional power-packed veggie. Yellow squash is also rich in manganese. This mineral helps to boost bone strength and helps the body’s ability to process fats and carbohydrates. Pretty cool don’t you think? BTW this super veggies is one of the easiest to grow yourself. You can even grow it in a pot, if you don’t have a lot of space.

…and the flowers are so beautiful. One squash plant produces vegetables over a long period of time. I have 12 squash plants in my garden. Half of them are planted in the ground, and half in pots. Starting in April I plant a couple seeds every other week, to spread out the harvest over the summer months. We’ve been eating squash in every thinkable shape for over a month, and we’ve also been able to share many pounds with our friends. The twelve seeds I planted will provide abundance of squash for the rest of the season. I paid $2.25 for a seed package of organic yellow squash. So far this season I’ve harvested  more than 100 all organic yellow squash, and we’re not even half way through yet. The plants are setting new flowers every day. Eating good, quality, organic food doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact it’s the other way around. If I’m counting low the $2.25 I invested in the seed package will yield 200 squash. Very likely more. You do the math.

Yes, there is some work included in the deal. I planted the squash in compost from our household scraps, and I’ve been mulching my plants with organic matters that I collected outside (available for free,) and watered  my plants every day since I planted the seeds in April. Gardening may not be for everyone, but it’s definitely for me. In Productive Organic Gardening On A Budget , the book I’m working on, I’m going to include some numbers. The actual cost of  creating a sustainable garden, and what you can expect to save, compared to purchasing organic produce at a grocery store.

The joy included doesn’t have a price tag 😉

Enjoy this beautiful day!


Ms Zen

12 Comments on “Did you know this about squash?

    • Yes! I whole heartedly agree. I’m blessed to live in an area where you can get any vegetables you desire locally, but still growing your own beats even that. Thank you ❤

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  1. I need to plant some squash! I’ve grown it before, easy to grow. I didn’t realize its a super food and all the nutrition it packs!! WOW! So interesting! ❤

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    • I new it was really good for you, somehow along the way I forgotten the specifics. When someone asked me the other day, I could only remember half of it, so I had to do some research.

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  2. Loved this post! Esp – “if plants grow by the amount of sweet talking they are exposed to, her corn will give the most abundant harvest ever.” – you are so right!❤

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  3. I love squash but maybe ate too much of it when I first started on Weight watchers two years ago :/ My hubby grills a mean zucchini and I love yellow and gray squash. I also enjoy chayote squash which has the consistency of a boiled potato. My backyard dislikes me growing veggies due to acidic soil, and I would love to grow and eat my own squash. Perhaps an organic garden space is just my ticket! The pic of your daughter is so cute!

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    • I’m not sure I ever tried chayote squash! I’ll have to look into that 😊 half of my squash grows in 15 gallon self watering pots, that’s a very easy way to do it. For squash I fill half of the pot with kitchen scraps (fruit peel, egg shells, coffee grounds etc,) and half with organic soil. It works great! I’d love to hear if you try 😊

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  4. Great information, Maria. I just cooked some squash from the farmers’ market for my granddaughter and she loved it. Wonderful that you can grow much of your produce!

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    • The farmer’s market is great! I’ve loved the colorful photos you share from yours every once in a while. I hope you’re having a wonderful summer.


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