Let’s Talk Squash

Squash

Now, I’m not talking about that ball game nonsense, people running around in those little shorts and such.

As lovely as that sounds, believe me I know, I want to talk to you about gourds. Pumpkins, cucumbers, melons, and squash are scrumptious examples of the gourds I speak of. Though, for the purpose of this blog, let’s limit our conversation to just the squash.

First, some backstory: My father, bless his heart, is a wonderful and extremely talented man. If you ask, he can fix anything you put in front of him; unless you ask him to fix you dinner. Unfortunately, life has a way of throwing challenges at you, and being a single parent, you do what you must do. For most of my life, 5 out of 7 days a week, Dad provided a nutritious dinner of frozen pizza and boiled squash. That’s right, boiled squash. Squash so boiled all the color had been cooked away. Squash so boiled it looked like the gruel Oliver Twist got in that orphanage; only you never caught me saying, “please sir, may I have some more?”

Into my adulthood, the traumatic memories of that lifeless and flavorless squash haunted my dreams. That is, until I started to garden. Summer Squash was one of the first seedlings that I received from one of my well-meaning neighbors. Apparently, they had grown them in the neighborhood for years, and this was some sort of tradition. Not being one to monkey with tradition, I promptly planted the seedlings in my new garden along with my other carefully planned and planted vegetable selection.

As the weeks went by, and while everything else had started to grow, the squash appeared…well, pretty sad. Perhaps it had been a lack of attention, we’ll say, paid towards that section of the garden that dampened their growth (I’ll never admit it), but I became resolved not to let those suckers die!

I had previously used several of BGI’s plant foods before to help nourish the growth of my green babies, so I immediately thought of our products to help my suffering squash. Grow & Gain seemed to be the best fit, being an all-purpose liquid fertilizer particularly formulated for use on all types of indoor and outdoor plants, especially fruits & veggies! Grow & Gain has all these awesome chelated micronutrients and organic acids that help keep all the important and sustaining nutrients in the plant, so I knew that this would bring those babies back to life! It came in a premixed spray bottle that was so easy to use too! What more could I have asked for?

As luck (ok, science) would have it, with a regular fertilizer program using the Grow & Gain and maybe a little more positivity from me, my squash took off! My gourds were the size of school books before I knew it!

After investing so much personal time in the growth of that silly squash, eating it actually started to sound pretty appealing. The squash itself looked like little suns, the color so crisp and yellow. Already shining through the dark cloud that was my nightmares of squashes past. A quick chop, and sauté later, and…WOW! Everything about this squash was great! Tasting the actual squash really makes a difference and having the satisfaction of knowing I grew it made it even better. I have no problem saying: Dev [now] totally digs it!  And Dad does too!