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    Solutions for Summer Squash Pests and Diseases

    Summer squash are relatively easy to grow, but there are several insect pests and diseases that can afflict the plants. Initial control of the following pests, especially cucumber beetles, is…

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    10 Tasty Zucchini Varieties for Your Vegetable Garden

    Summer squash are some of my favorite home garden crops because they are easy to grow, and one planting will last an entire season in most locales. The types stocked…

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    Zucchini and Summer Squash Recipe Ideas

    Vegetable gardeners love to make fun of their abundant zucchini harvests, but they plant and grow them anyway. These delicious summer squashes have a delicate flavor that’s perfect for garden-fresh…

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    Miniature Fruits and Veggies that Tout Big Flavor

    In the vegetable garden, “good things come in small packages” is more than just a cliché. While a standard eggplant or a soccer-ball-size cabbage makes a meal for a family…

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    How to Pollinate Zucchini by Hand

    If you’ve noticed the fruits of your zucchini plants are dying on the plant, you may need to take an active hand in pollination. Here are some tips to help…

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    Small Batch Preserving

    Small-batch preserving is perfect for gardeners with small gardens or those with vegetables that don’t ripen all at once. It's also an easy, time-saving alternative to marathon canning sessions. Here's…

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    A Great Way to Use Zucchini

    Every gardener knows that even the smallest zucchini can turn into a five-pound monster overnight. Here’s how one group turns those gigantic summer squash into end-of-summer fun.

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    Taming Sprawling Veggies

    Cucumbers, winter and summer squash, and melons are infamous for sprawling beyond their allotted space. Attempts to contain the relentless growth of the Cucurbitaceae family by simply moving growing tips…

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    Summer Squash Takes the Cake

    If you’re tired of hearing family members whine about too much squash on the menu, here’s a sweet solution: let them eat cake.

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    The Starter Garden

    Leaf lettuce, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini are good choices for a first garden.