Pattypan squash is a variety of summer squash notable for its small size, round and shallow shape, and scalloped edges, somewhat resembling a small toy top, or flying saucer. The name "pattypan" derives from "a pan for baking a patty.
Days to germination: 7 to10 days Days to harvest: 45 to 70 days Light requirements: Full sun Water requirements: Regular watering, more frequent in dry weather Soil: Rich loose soil Container: Definitely Introduction Though zucchini may be the best known summer squash, the odd-looking pattypan is getting to be more popular with home gardeners. It's small, round and kind of flat (some people call them flying saucer squash, or scallop squash). Not only are the fruits smaller, the plants are more compact as well (more bushy, less vining). This is making the pattypan very appealing to the small-space gardener. You can eat the tender squash either raw or cooked in a number of ways.
The flesh is much lighter than winter squashes like butternut, but are still extremely healthy and packed with vitamin A. You can also get a sizable helping of vitamin C, fiber, potassium and manganese with a pattypan squash. Starting from Seed Pattypan needs warm soil and no risk of frost. So you can't plant seeds in the garden until your frost date has passed. Since the maturity time for pattypans is relatively short, its not really necessary to start your seeds inside. But there is also no particular reason not to. If you want to start seedlings, get them going about 3 weeks before your frost date. Use loose potting soil, and put the seeds in about an inch deep. Give them lots of sun and keep them well watered until it's time to plant them.
Transplanting Seeds or transplants will go out in the garden at the same time, about a week after your last frost date. Dig your soil well beforehand, and add a generous load of fertilizer (such as compost or aged manure). Choose a location in your garden that will get sun throughout the day as well. Since pattypans grow in a bush rather than as crawling vines, you have to space them out differently than you would with zucchini. They don't work very well in hills, so plant them out in rows instead with about 2 to 3 feet between them. Like with indoor seedlings, seeds should be no more than an inch under the soil. Pattypan bushes are fairly sturdy and shouldn't require much support, especially if you pick the squashes before they get too heavy.
Growing Instructions Once your plants start to produce blossoms and fruit, make sure to water frequently if the weather is dry. Pattypans grow quickly and need a lot of water to develop properly. Don't let them dry out. It's a very good idea to mulch your plants with a heavy layer of straw or other organic material. It helps keep the moisture in and it also keeps the weeds out. Pattypan squash has a fairly shallow root system so getting rid of weeds can be damaging to the plant otherwise. Your plants won't produce any squash unless they are pollinated, so don't overdo it with insecticides when you see the blossoms coming out. You need to leave your plants alone long enough to let the proper insects do their job. This may be a little harder after the first "batch" of flowers have come out, but it is still something to keep in mind when tending your plants.