Autumn squash soup with walnut pesto

Serves 4

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May is mayhem for vegetable growers. So much stuff needs to be sown, including the crops that will keep you going through autumn and winter: beetroot, autumn and winter cabbage, calabrese, carrots, cauliflower, chicory, kale, salsify, scorzonera, turnips and the best of them all – pumpkins and squashes. "Squash never fail to reach maturity," wrote the American humorist S J Perelman. "You can spray them with acid, beat them with sticks and burn them; they love it." That kind of dogged determination is an endearing characteristic in a plant. Since you will have to work hard to prevent squashes and pumpkins from growing, you can divert your energy to the question of choice. Which members of this staggeringly varied family – apricot, orange, yellow, green, ivory, or a mesmeric metallic pewter grey – would you most like to look at this summer?

Investment Column: Drink in Britvic but pray for hot weather

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Brian Viner: Nicol stretched to the limit by squash's race for Olympic prize

Until Wednesday morning, I hadn't played squash for more than 15 years, having given up when I decided it was doing me more harm than good.

Hot squash: Skye Gyngell's winter vegetable recipes

If you think carrots and turnips are where winter veg begins and ends, you're missing out on a colourful treasure trove of seasonal goodies, says Skye Gyngell
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