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Welcome to Pro-Organic Belize
Tropical Garden Grow Guide
Where you are the student and the teacher.
Pumpkin Squash overflowing from garden
Featured plant of the month June 2022
squash are a familiar vegetable found year-round in
the open air markets of Belize. The most
common are recognized by their round, slightly domed,
segmented shape; some varieties have scalloped edges. They are
similar to a squash known as patty pan. All varieties
are generally from 4-8” across at maturity. They are
very green on the outside, with pale yellow to
There are many squash varieties that are called
pumpkins in Belize.
Pumpkin squash grown in Belize are said to have
originated in Guatemala and Belize.
Pumpkin plants are pollinated by insects, especially honey bees. They grow year-round in Belize. It is helpful to mulch the plants heavily to retain moisture and prevent weeds. Keep seedlings moist, but not water logged. Water plants deeply at least once per week after they are established. If other varieties of squash are planted close-by, they may cross pollinate. Whatever squash you grow is better harvested when small and the seeds are not developed. Let some grow to full maturity to harvest, wash and dry the seeds for another crop.
Recipes: Pumpkin squash can be used any way zucchini squash are used. Grate or chop raw for salads or salsa. Sliced squash can be cooked on the grill. It can be grated and baked into bread and muffins, added to ratatouille, stir fried, baked, or added to soups. The blossoms and the tips of the vines can be chopped and eaten in salads or fried.
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