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.
A bucket load of squash and pumpkins; Canada Crookneck, Winter Luxury & Hopi Pale Grey
We love our squash! Every fall and winter, we have a big pile in the living room.
SQUASH Cucurbita maxima about 20 seeds per pack
Arnie’s Golden Buttercup
Arnie’s Golden Buttercup A customer sent us a sample of the squash he and his brother developed out of an accidental cross between Turk’s Turban and a regular buttercup. We trialed it last year and found this is a wonder squash! It is hugely productive, beautiful orange and so tasty that the voles ate nearly 100 of them right in the field, only leaving us two to taste ourselves. And save seeds from, of course! Wow are they sweet and velvety smooth too. They are the perfect size for a couple or a small family as they weigh between 3-5 pounds. 100 Days
Borchart’s Wonder We’re kind of picky about our squash. I mean after years of growing Hopi Pale Grey, a new squash has to be pretty great for us to love it. But this year, it happened! A customer gave us seeds for this long, heavy pink squash with a pronounced “belly button” on the blossom end. It’s fatter than a Candy Roaster and the flesh is sumptuous and velvet smooth. Wow!! We’re in love! Ours were about 20 pounds and were very productive and long storing. 100 days
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. 100 days 10 Seeds this year; the cows got into our garden and ate most of them!
Jumbo Pink Banana
Jumbo Pink Banana Last year we grew this giant version of the banana squash, which I’d grown as a child, back in the ’50’s and loved so much. We sure weren’t disappointed! Talk about lots of huge pink fat banana shaped squash! Some weigh in over 20 pounds. And so very tasty as well. Everyone I gave one to came back with rave reviews. 100 Days
Lakota Here’s another very tasty, gorgeous mid sized squash attributed to the Lakota Sioux. It is pear-shaped, a glowing bright red-orange with green flame streaks coming up from the blossom end . Quite productive and has very sweet, orange meat. Everyone here loves it! Much better than acorn squash by far! 5-10 pounds 90 days
Lower Salmon River Grown in the Lower Salmon River region of Idaho for generations, it is adapted to cooler regions. It has deep orange, sweet flesh. Delicious for pies and soup or baked with butter and brown sugar. The salmon pink colored skin is very thick with light mottling. The tough rind helps the fruit store for up to one year under ideal conditions. Quite productive too! Some are pumpkin shaped where others have a turban=shaped “belly button” on the blossom end. 90 Days
North Australian Butter
North Australian Butter Developed by our seed saving/gardening friend, Dara Finnegan, this is a quite stabilized cross between North Georgia Candy Roaster and Australian Butter. This new squash is a big boy, often weighing 10 to 15 pounds. It looks like Australian Butter but has some blue streaks too. The flesh is super sumptuous and smoothly sweet. As this is a work-in-progress, possibly some may be a bit off-type but all will taste very savory-sweet. 100 Days
North Georgia Candy Roaster
North Georgia Candy Roaster This is a very old squash, first grown by the Cherokee in the early 1800’s. It is long, beautiful pinkish tan with a blue flame on the blossom end. Having meltingly sweet, orange flesh, it can be used in savory or sweet recipes with equal success. It is also very productive too! 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. 100 days.
Sweet Meat You’ll love this medium sized, pumpkin shaped greyish squash with wonderfully sweet flesh. It sure beats bland acorn squash (which we DON’T carry!) all hollow. Very prolific and a great storage squash too. 100 Days
Theron’s Winter Squash
Theron’s Winter Squash If you want a big, big squash to feed a lot of people or even livestock, this sweet baby is just the ticket! Average 35-40 lbs with some even up to 50 lbs. Vigorous vines grow to 30′ in all directions and average 3 fruit per plant. Originally bred in the 1940s by Theron Atkinson. I’ll admit we tried it first as my grandfather’s name was Theron and of course, my husband is an Atkinson. But we were stunned with this beautiful squash with the big belly button on the blossom end. When I first tried eating it, I even ate the skin it was so good! 100 Days
Vermilion River This is another of our friend, Dara’s, creations. It started as a sport of the very good North Morning Moon, being dark green, spotted with tan and having a big “belly button” on the blossom end. The great thing is that everyone loves the flavor of this rustic looking large squash! She isn’t pretty; Dara started calling it “Big Ugly” but we refined this a bit to Vermilion River, as it was bred near the river. You’ll love the looks and taste of this new squash. Like all newly bred varieties, there can be some that revert back to the orange coloration of North Morning Moon. 100 Days
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. Rampant vines. 100 days
SUMMER SQUASH Cucurbita pepo
Black Zucchini This old heirloom is a standby for summer gardeners. It is hardy, produces lots of nice, tender, nutty-flavored long squash early and keeps putting them out for the whole summer. We use them in everything from recipes of fried zucchini with onions to fake raspberry jam and everything in between! So versatile and productive. 55 Days
Ingot We are very impressed with both the taste and production of this early bush type, straight-neck summer squash. It came in quite early and set lots and lots of tasty, tender, nutty flavored baby squash in mid-July from a direct seeding. It even kept well into the late fall, indoors. I used lots in stir-frys and sliced to fry up with onions and garlic. 60 days
Patisson Strie Melange
Patisson Strie Melange Did you ever want a tender summer squash that was both productive as heck and also extremely beautiful? Here’s a mix of French scalloped squash to fill the bill. Some are warted. Many have stripes in all colors. Eaten small, they are tender and nutty flavored. But if you let them grow large, they become hard-shelled and are extremely beautiful, used as Autumn decorations! No two are exactly the same ever. 60 days to baby squash, 90 to large, hard shelled.
SQUASH Cucurbita moschata
Canada Crookeck (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. 90 days
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-pear 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. 100 days
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. 100 days.