Growing Winter Squash In Your Garden: What To Plant?
Gardeners are always looking for new ideas and ways to improve their garden. They want to grow more food, but they don’t have enough space or money. There are so many varieties of vegetables available now that it’s hard to decide what variety will work best in your area. You may even need to start over with a completely different vegetable crop altogether!
Winter Squash is one of those crops that can be grown year round without any problems. It doesn’t require much attention, other than watering regularly. If you’re not familiar with winter squashes, then you might think that they only grow in the coldest parts of the country. However, there are plenty of places where they thrive in all seasons!
The main problem with growing winter squash is finding them in your area. Some areas have lots of snow and ice, while others do not. Also, some areas get very little rainfall at times. These factors make it difficult to grow winter squash successfully in certain regions.
So how do you find out which region has the most winter squash? How do you know if your area is getting enough rain?
Well, we’ve done the research for you! We’ve found a list of the top ten cities in the United States to find the highest concentration of winter squashes!
1. Richmond, Virgina
Richmond, Virgina tops the list as the best place to find winter squashes! There are more than five varieties that do very well in this area, so there’s no end to your choices! Some of the most popular winter squashes found here are butternut, banana, and sweet meat varieties. If you’re looking for something a little spicier, then perhaps the red kuri would be more to your liking!
2. Washington D.C.
Coming in second is none other than Washington D.C. This summer is very wet and humid with very little frost throughout the year. This makes it perfect for growing all kinds of vegetables, including the hardy winter squashes!
The most popular winter squashes found here include the banana, sweet meat, and the orange Hokkaido varieties.
3. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Even though it’s located further south than Washington D.C., Philadelphia still experiences a humid summer with very little frost. The most popular winter squashes here are the ones with hard shells, such as the butternut and banana varieties.
These squashes can endure the hottest days and continue to grow!
4. Seattle, Washington
Seattle has four times the annual rainfall than that of Washington D.C. With all this precipitation, you’d think that it would be very hard to grow anything here at all! Surprisingly, these wet conditions are great for growing winter squashes!
The most popular types here are the banana and blue hubbard varieties.
5. Denver, Colorado
Much like Washington D.C., Denver has a humid summer and very little frost throughout the year. While it doesn’t rain as much as Seattle, it’s still enough to cause the winter squashes to grow to their fullest potential!
The most popular varieties here are the banana and blue hubbard types.
6. Portland, Oregon
If you’re looking for something a little less common, then Portland might be the place for you! While it doesn’t have as much precipitation as Seattle, it does have a lot of sun exposure throughout the year. This is great for growing those hard to find heirloom varieties that most garden centers don’t bother carrying! The most popular varieties here are the cushaw and carnival types.
7. Atlanta, Georgia
Much like the other southern cities on this list, Atlanta has very high temperatures and low precipitation. It’s not the best environment to grow winter squashes, but it’s more than enough to produce a good crop! The most popular winter squashes in this area include the carnival and banana varieties.
8. Indianapolis, Indiana
Indianapolis is very similar to Atlanta when it comes to temperature and precipitation. While it might not be the best place to grow butternut and acorn types, carnival and banana varieties do very well here!
9. Boston, Massachusetts
With all this rain, you’d think that Boston would rank higher. However, the precipitation mostly takes the form of snow! While it’s great for the city’s namesake, it doesn’t do much for your winter squashes. It might be difficult to grow here, but you’ll still find a few hardy varieties such as the cushaw and turban types.
10. New York City, New York
While it might be hard to believe, New York City is very similar to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. All three have high temperatures with very little frost and ample rainfall.
This makes it perfect for growing all kinds of winter squashes, including the hard to find cushaw and carnival varieties!
So next time you’re looking for a place to settle down in, why not move to an area with great winter squash growing capabilities?
It’ll at least guarantee that you’ll never go without!
Thanks for reading!
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