Both summer and winter squash are popular vine crops to grow in home gardens. Summer squash, like zucchini, has tender skins and is harvested in the summer. It's excellent for grilling, sautéing, steaming and baking. Summer squash is usually eaten within days after harvest. Winter squash, like acorn and butternut squash, has a hard skin or rind and can be stored for several months. Winter squash is harvested in late summer to fall—and is excellent baked and cooked into soups and other recipes. Both winter and summer squash are planted in hills in the garden. Squash vines grow best in full sun and in well-drained soil.