Squash, Summer, Early Golden Crookneck
Meaty fruits with small crookneck have bright yellow, bumpy skin.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
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How to Sow
- Sow seeds directly in the garden in fertile, warm soil in full sun after danger of frost has passed.
- Be sure to choose an area when you did not plant squash or related crops within 2 years.
- Sow 1-2 seeds about 36 inches apart. Cover with 1 inch of fine soil.
- Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
- Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days.
- Thin to one plant when seedlings have two sets of leaves.
How to Grow
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
- Squash plants have a shallow root system, mulches help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures.
- Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
- Squash plants are “dioecious” having both male and female flowers on the same plant. Male flowers will open first and the female flowers will open later.
- Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
- Attract bee pollinators by planting daisies such as sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias and coneflower, and mints such as beebalm, sage, oregano and lavender. More bees mean more chances flowers will be pollinated and develop into fruits. Border squash plots with rows of beans, herbs, peppers and tomatoes.
Harvest & Preserving
- Harvest when fruits are small and the skin is shiny. Harvest often. To keep summer squash producing pick all fruit at this stage. If fruit is allowed to mature the plant may stop producing.
- To pick summer squash give the fruit a gentle twist until it snaps off.
- Store summer squash in plastic bags in the refrigerator for up to a week.
- Male squash blossoms are also delicious and sweet, try dipping in batter and frying.
Days To Maturity53 daysFruit Size5-6 inchesSunFull SunSpread2-3 feetHeight24-30 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin36 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Squash, Summer, Early Golden Crookneck is rated out of 5 by 7.Rated 5 out of 5 by SaffronKitty from The most productive squash in my garden! This is by far the most productive squash plant in my garden and I have several! It's more productive than my zucchini plant! As far as the taste goes, it's incredibly delicious in any way--grilled, in soups, curries, everything! I am running out of recipes to try and neighbors to give them away to. Great plant!Date published: 2015-07-09Rated 5 out of 5 by MittenGirl from Best Summer Squash! Wonderful, buttery nutty flavor, thin skin!Date published: 2013-08-22Rated 5 out of 5 by FormerCAgardener from Flavor, flavor, flavor! Don't even bother with the other crooknecks. This is the one. After 35 years of backyard gardening and trying all the crookneck varieties, this is the only one I plant now. My kids hated summer squash until they ate this one. Now, my gradnkds love it. Why? Because IT TASTES GOOD! With just a touch of salt, it almost tastes like butter. Best when small and just turns yellow, but amazingly good even when about 3" across and all bumpy. Got a bumper crop this year in very poor rocky soil of central Utah. Great for short season summers.Date published: 2012-09-13Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Getting good results First year planting these and so far they are one of my best producers in the garden. Tasty and good looking squash.Date published: 2012-06-04Rated 1 out of 5 by Strawberry from Squash, not happy got the squash summer with meaty fruits with small crookneck and meaty bottoms, but the plant is hugh, and squash real small, all have been about 3 inches long and than they rot. Will never buy this seed againDate published: 2011-05-31Rated 5 out of 5 by Mater from Best summer squash I think the crookneck is the sweetest and most flavorful summer squash, and the Early Golden from Burpee is the best I have ever grown. Even when it is small, it has a full, buttery flavor. I favor it over Pic-N-Pic, which is more prolific but doesn't have the flavor of this one. Best when used before it gets too big, pick at about 6-7". You might want to use gloves - as my kids say, 'this one is pokey!' with little spines.Date published: 2008-06-06Rated 5 out of 5 by migardener from Great little squashes! I'm a "one-woman show" and planted only one hill of these little guys. They have provided me with plenty of squash for the table. I love them steamed with a little bit of garlic butter and salt. The squash vine borers didn't attack them either. Will plant again next year.Date published: 2007-09-03