squash 'Turks Turban'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained but moisture retentive
This is one of the most spectacular of all the squashes: a bright orange lower half is often streaked with green and topped with a hat-like, knobbly green topknot. The fruit is so handsome, in fact, that it's often used as a harvest decoration, but it also makes good eating with a taste similar to butternut squash.
- Growing Instructions:Sow two seeds to a 10cm pot in late spring in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill. Pot on seedlings as they grow, then harden off carefully and plant out in a sunny, sheltered spot once all threat of frost has passed. Leave 30cm between each plant and protect from slugs. Leave squash to colour up on the plant. Once it sounds hollow when knocked, it's ripe: after this it will store in a cool, dark, dry place for several months.
- Sow: April-May
- Harvest: October-November
- Approximate quantity: 15 seeds.
If you just want to grow a few vegetables or have suffered losses with early sowings, buying plants is a great way to play catch-up. Buying plants also allows you to grow vegetables if you do not have the facilities to raise them from seed yourself or wheRead full article
Frost tender plants can be encouraged to grow far more quickly under cloches and one group of plants, the cucurbits, benefit from the extra warmth overnight. This allows them to photosynthesise for longer and squash, courgette and outdoor cucumber plantsRead full article