The summer varieties are, among others, the White and Yellow Bush and Summer Crookneck. As with all plants of this class, it is useless to sow these before warm weather in May, and the directions given for cucumbers and melons, are alike applicable to the squash, except that the distances apart of the hills; these should be from three to four feet for the bush sorts, and from six to eight for the other varieties which "run" or make a long vine. The fall or winter squashes are planted at the same time, but are allowed to mature or ripen, while the summer varieties are used green. They are usually planted eight or nine feet apart, in hills prepared in the usual way. These squashes are great feeders, and for the best results the soil should be well enriched, besides the special manuring in the hills, as the vines throw out roots at every joint to assist in feeding and maturing the heavy crop they usually bear. The popular varieties are Hubbard, Marblehead, Yokohama, and Winter Crook-neck. Most of the winter varieties, if kept in a dry atmosphere at a temperature from forty to fifty degrees, will keep until May. A garret room in a moderately well heated dwelling house, will often be a very suitable place for storing them.
Fig. 98. - Squash - White Bush.
Fig. 99. - Squash-Summer Crookneck.
Fig. 100. - Squash - Marblehead.