Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Now's the Time to Start Planning Your Garden

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Now's the Time to Start Planning Your Garden

Article excerpt

Spring is almost here, so I'll be starting my garden soon. Like most of you, it's been so cold I don't even want to think about it. But it's time. I plan on growing lots of squash this year. All you need are a few plants and you will have a bountiful harvest. And if you plant too many, you'll be giving them away to all of your friends and neighbors.

Squash is a member of the gourd family, which include pumpkins, melons and cucumbers. This is a family so diverse that it makes botanical classification difficult. For instance, the difference between squash and pumpkins is their skin. Summer squash are usually bush types with a compact growth pattern that produces small fruit. Winter squash are runners that take up a large space and produce large fruit. …

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