While there are many gardeners who lament the space consumed by winter squash and pumpkins there are several good reasons to grow plenty of them.
Reason for growing winter squash
Chief among the good reasons to grow squash for the dinner table are:
- Most young winter squash/pumpkins can be used as a substitute for summer squash eliminating the need to grow both,
- Most young winter squash/pumpkins can be used as a substitute for Apple in certain recipes (e.g. apple pie),
- The flowers are edible (in salads, quesadillas, etc.),
- The seeds are edible (shelled raw, roasted or as sprouts),
- They can be stored for long periods without the use of special preservation techniques.
More good reason for growing winter squash
Other reasons to grow plenty of winter squash are:
- They can easily be given to friends or neighbors for there use, which can generate some goodwill,
- They can usually be donated to food banks/kitchens,
- They can be used for decoration both indoors and outside,
- They can be fed to livestock for those who may have small farms,
- and seed savers can give their seeds to friends for their gardens.