Spaghetti Squash

Have you ever grown or eaten spaghetti squash? What do you think?
 
I love it! It looks like a pumpkin, has the texture of a pumpkin but the calories of a zucchini. It makes a great alternative to zoodles.
 
It gets its name because when you cook it, the flesh naturally comes away in strings that look like spaghetti. This crop is very popular in the USA and there are a lot of recipes online. But I've never found it in shops here, even markets.
 
PLANTING
It's the same as a pumpkin or zucchini because it comes from the same family. Poke your index finger into the soil and drop a seed in. Grow two spaghetti squash per metre square as they take up a lot of room like pumpkin. This spacing also allows you to grow some companion plants. Each plant can produce 2 or 3 fruit.
 
You can also plant spaghetti squash as part of the Three Sister's method.
 
CONTAINER PLANTING
You can grow spaghetti squash in pots. As always I recommend self watering pots and coconut coir. One plant per pot and the pot needs to be at least 45cm wide to accommodate the plant. The root size won't be an issue in a pot.
 
FERTILISING
As a fruit crop this plant will benefit from your banana water as potassium helps it set fruit. Water regularly.
 
COMPANION PLANTING
Spaghetti squash's growth and flavour are improved by borage so planting this with your crop is essential. (Borage is a beautiful bee attracting flower). You can also eat the flowers in a salad.
 
In addition to that, it partners with onions, melons, mint, radishes and of course its "sisters" corn and legumes.
 
SUCCESSION PLANTING
This crop is not appropriate for succession planting because it needs the whole of late spring and summer to mature.

Spaghetti Squash