Squash

 

 

Seed saving tips for squash: After the squash  is ripe, pick it and allow to set for a month.  This lets more sugars migrate to the seeds and ensures viability.  Then remove the seeds and lay out on a cookie sheet to air dry, stirring with your hand every day or two to ensure thorough drying.  Store in an airtight container.

Note: If you plan on saving seeds from your pumpkins or squash, remember that the different species of the genus will cross. So if you plant a C. pepo pumpkin and a C. pepo squash (often zucchini or summer squash), they will cross. Or if you plant a Hopi Pale Grey squash and your next door neighbor grows Hubbards, they’ll also cross. But you can plant one of each species, C. pepo, C. maxima, C. mixta and C. moschata and still save pure seeds as they will not cross. To raise pure pumpkin or squash seeds, they will often need to be planted a mile from the nearest like species unless you have a thick woods, tall hills or some other physical barrier between the crops.

 

SQUASH   Cucurbita maxima about 20 seeds per pack

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A bucket load of squash and pumpkins; Canada Crookneck, Winter Luxury & Hopi Pale Grey

Hopi Pale Grey   Our very favorite squash that has just recently been saved from near-extinction!  Not only is the orange meat tender and very sweet but this hardy squash will store under normal household conditions for over 2 years!!!  Talk about your long-term storage foods.  And after a year’s storage, the squash will still be juicy and hard…not wilted and half-rotten.  Our favorite “pumpkin” pie is made from Hopi Pale Greys!  These football shaped large squash have a distinctive “bellybutton” on the blossom end and mature to a pale blue-gray in color.  Usually weigh 7-20 pounds. C. maxima Very rampant vines!!!  100 days

North Morning Moon

North Morning Moon  Our homestead friend and plant breeder, Dara Finnegan, selected this wonderful squash out of an accidental cross between Hopi Pale Grey and Marina Di Chioggia, that great dark green, bumpy sea pumpkin from Italy.  For several years, she used selective breeding to maintain the distinctive characteristics we all loved; the bright gold coloring with a bit of blue on the “belly button” blossom end, the size and vigor of these 10 pound plus squash, the keeping ability and most of all, the sweet, fruity flavor.  For the first year, we are able to offer a limited amount of seed from this now-stabilized new squash.  100 days.  10 seeds per pack.  C. maxima

 

Victor (Warty Red Thing)

Victor (aka Warty Red Thing)  Victor is an heirloom squash that has recently been re-named to attract attention as a fall decoration.  But its use is better served as an eating squash or to use in pies.  Victor is a bright red-orange larger round squash with a bumpy skin and sturdy stem.  Usually weigh from 10-20 pounds. C. maxima  Rampant vines.  100 days

 

SQUASH  Cucurbita moschata

Canada Crookneck (Lower right)

Canada Crookneck  This nice, hard skinned, sweet squash is an ancestor of the popular Butternut.  But the neck is much longer, being solid meat with no seeds!  Just slice the neck and place on a cookie sheet or in a casserole dish.  Yummmm.  Few seeds in the bulb end so you can eat that too.  And it’s early maturing too. Usually weigh between 5-7 pounds. C. moschata  90 days

 

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Geraumon Martinique

Geraumon Martinique is one of our new favorites!  It is a medium sized, hard-shelled, gorgeous squash.  It comes in two shapes; round like a smooth pumpkin and bottle shaped.  The color combinations are fantastic with green and white stripes, green with tan and gold stripes.  BEAUTIFUL!  AND it’s wonderful baked, too.  Be the first to grow this highly productive squash in your neighborhood, as we were. C. moschata  100 days

Waltham Butternut

Waltham Butternut

Waltham Butternut  One of Grandma’s and Mom’s favorite winter squash.  Weighing from 4-7 pounds, they are just right for most family dinners.  The neck is solid orange meat and there are a few seeds in the “bowl” on the blossom end so you can bake the whole works after removing the seeds.  Sweet, tender and long-keeping. C. moschata  100 days.