Patty Pan is a delicious little summer squash that is no only attractive in the garden, it has a distinct nutty flavour that sets it apart from ordinary summer squash. This fruit is best picked when it is young and is just the right size for a light lunch or as a side dish with the evening meal.
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Things you need
- Patty Pan squash seeds
- Garden tools
- Commercial granular fertiliser (optional)
- Water-soluble fertiliser
Choose a location for your summer squash that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day.
Prepare the soil by tilling to a depth of 8 to 10 inches. Remove any roots, rocks, or other debris that has surfaced by raking the area smooth with a garden rake.
Mark rows with the edge of the garden hoe or create 2-foot by 3-foot hills of mounded soil for the hill method.
Add plenty of well rotted manure or compost and work it into the existing soil. If you choose to use commercial fertiliser, add it now. Be sure to work it into the soil well to prevent burning new roots.
Direct seed Patty Pan right in the garden after all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed. They will germinate in 7 to 10 days, or sooner, depending on the soil temperature and the weather conditions. Seeds that are sowed directly in the garden often catch up and surpass those that have been started inside.
Plant seeds to a depth of 1/2 to 1-inch and space 8 to 10 inches apart when planted in rows or 4 seeds per hill. Space rows or hills 3 feet apart. Although these are bush plants, summer squash grows quickly and spreads to 4 to 6 feet wide when mature. Resist the urge to plant them too closely.
Water thoroughly and keep the soil evenly moist until the seedlings emerge.
Water whenever the soil dries out once plants are established.
Fertilise with a water soluble fertiliser every 14 days.
Harvest Patty Pan when it is young and tender. Serve as a side dish grilled in a little butter with tomatoes and herbs or in any recipe that calls for summer squash.
Tips and warnings
- Patty Pan makes a tasty snack cut and eaten raw or served in fresh salad.