Jul
30
2014

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……..Assortment of heirloom squash photo courtesy of Dean “Darth” Slater……..
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SQUASH LOVERS ~ If you have SVB (Squash Vine Borer) problems in your area, grow C. moschata varieties or Cucuzzi (Lagenaria siceraria.) These types are resistant to the bugs. Also plant out quick maturing types like zucchini (C. pepo) later after the squash vine borers have made the rounds in your area. Another option is to grow under reemay and remove once you have blossoms to pollinate. Click Here for a PDF with more info.

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SUMMER SQUASH:

Summer Squash Mix (C. pepo) squSMix
A mix of our summer squash varieties. (Tromboncino and Cucuzzi not included) 60+ seed for $2.25.




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Squash, summer ‘Bennings Green Tint’ (cucurbita pepo) squBGT
This is an old patty pan aka scallop squash. The fruit are pale green and look like scalloped edged flying saucers. They taste similar to zucchini and are best picked when they reach 3 inches in diameter. The plants are non-vining and grow to about 3′ around. 30 seeds for $1.50.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASquash, summer ‘Caserta’ (c. pepo)squCas
This well known zucchini is light green with darker green markings. It is quick to make fruit and has good flavor.
AAS winner 1949. 30 seeds for $1.50.

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Squash, summer ‘Cocozelle’ (Cucurbita pepo) squCoc
I love the look of this zucchini with its light green striped ribs running down the length of the deeper green fruit. I think it tastes good too. This variety originated in Italy. 30 seeds for $1.50.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASquash, summer ‘Cucuzzi’ aka Cucuzza, Italian Edible Gourd, Serpent of Sicily (Lagenaria siceraria) squCuz
Though technically a gourd, it is not grown as an ornamental. It is grown as an edible summer squash. The vines have scallop edged leaves and are attractive. They are easy to grow up a trellis, tall tomato cage, etc. The flowers are about 2″ and white. When I grew this years back, I was not getting any fruit set at first. I had never had trouble with squash developing to this point. Pollinators were not visiting my vines. I mentioned this to my old Italian neighbor, and she said I had to “marry” the blossoms. She was actually taking the blossoms, holding them together, taking a tendril, and wrapping it around to keep them together. I since learned of course that a quick rub between the male and female flowers was all that is needed, but marrying them is much more romantic. The fruit are long and green, snake-like. The skin is tough unlike regular summer squash so they must be peeled. Traditionally the squash is cubed up and stewed together with onions and tomatoes. On this food.com link is a recipe pretty much the way I was taught to make it.
From a customer(John H.,) I found out that Cucuzzi is popular in the Philippines and goes by the name Upo. Photo courtesy of a generous customer.
And just for fun, Click Here to see a rendition of Louis Prima’s ‘My Cucuzza’ by a big band. 20 seeds for $1.50.




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squashwhitebushSquash, summer ‘Early White Bush Scalloped’ (C. pepo) squEWBS
This is a very old heirloom as it is listed in Burr’s Field and Garden Vegetables of America from 1865. It is a nice patty pan variety. The plants are quick  to fruit and productive. The squash are attractive and hold up well in storage. This variety is often listed as Scallop instead of Scalloped, and I wonder who dropped off the -ed as the name makes more sense with the -ed so I’m keeping the older way from the 1800′s. 30 seeds for $1.50.




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Squash, summer ‘Golden Zucchini’ (Cucurbita pepo) squGZu
This squash is a attractive bright yellow. It was introduced by Burpee in the early 70′s and has been popular ever since. 30 seeds for $1.50.

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Squash, Summer ‘Grey Zucchini’ (Cucurbita pepo) squGZ
So the color of this zucchini might not warrant beauty awards, but I love the taste! Plants are productive. 30 seeds for $1.50.




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Squash, summer ‘Jaune et Verte (C. pepo) squJEV
This a pattypan type squash originally from France. 20 seeds for $1.75.




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LightGreenKoreanLightGreenKoreanbudsSquash, summer ‘Light Green Korean Cucurbita ? squLGK
I received seeds from Korea a few years back, and this was labeled as Korean Summer Squash, nothing more unfortunately. This is a vining plant. The squash are a light yellow green of zucchini shape. The squash when mature are a buff color like a moschata so I’m not sure if this is a C. moschate or a C. pepo. (I am not a squash identification expert.) The plants went unharmed by SVB bugs and were healthy all season. Limit ONE per customer. 20 seeds for $1.75.
These went fast! Sorry, now out of stock.
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Squash, summer ‘Ronde de Nice’ (Cucurbita pepo) squRDN
Round 8 ball type squash has been popular in Europe for a long time. They seem to be gaining popularity here. This open pollinated variety from France is light green and a good producer. Leaves are spotted. 30 seeds for $1.75.




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Squash, summer ‘Round Zucchini’ (C. pepo) squRZu
This is another round squash similar to ‘Ronde de Nice listed above. It is a little less to obtain seeds, so a more economical version.  30 seeds for $1.40.




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Squash, summer/winter ‘Tromboncino’ aka ‘Tromba d’Albenga’ aka Zucchetta Rampicante (Cucurbita moschata) squTrombo
This Italian squash is a bit unusual. It is grown mostly for use as a zucchini, but it is a C. moschata type instead of the usual C. pepo. This may be a benefit to some seed savers. At the zucchini stage the fruits are a light green. They can also be left to mature to a tan color and used as a winter squash. The squash have a bulbous end and a long snake like neck. The vines take well to trellising. Photo to the left courtesy of a generous customer. Photo to the right, winner of our 2012 photo contest from W. Taylor of Erie, PA. 30 seeds for $1.50.

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WINTER SQUASH:

Squash, Pumpkin Mix squPMix
A mix of our pumpkin shaped squash.  40 seeds for $2.50.




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Squash, winter ‘Adapazari squAda
This variety is a very large round gray hubbard type squash. The interior flesh is bright orange, and it has excellent flavor, and is great for cooking. It is a rampant growing (20-30′) vine. My friend Jim W. of WA, gave me a large amount of seeds to share. He originally started growing this variety back in ’06. He was very impressed with it, and has been sharing seeds ever since. It is originally from Turkey. Photo is courtesy of my friend Gary G. of KY. So this is a special offer of 20 seeds for only 25 cents per packet. LIMIT ONE per customer.
Sorry, these went fast! I’m leaving up this description because I know people like to refer back to the site. Whether I have more in the future depends on the generosity of my friend.
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Squash, winter ‘Banana Pink Jumbo’ aka ‘Jumbo Pink Banana’(Cucurbita maxima)squBPJ
This squash if well cared for can get huge! It doesn’t suffer in flavor for being big either. Average fruit is about a yard long. The interior flesh is orange, great for pies. 20 seed for $1.50.

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Squash, winter ‘Berrettina Piacentina (Beret of Piacenza) (C. maxima) squaBPi
The fruit are small about 5lbs. and pumpkin shaped. They ribbed and bumpy with grey skin. The flesh is golden. It is a great storage squash. 20 seeds for $2.00.




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Squash, pumpkin ‘Big Max’ (c. maxima) squBigM
By customer request~ This variety reaches 30 lbs. easily. With the proper attention, you can get pumpkins 100 lbs. or more. The squash are bright orange, nicely ribbed, and fairly round making them great for huge jack-o-lanterns, but they also can be used for cooking. You’ll need a big freezer to store the harvest though! Also, the seeds are very big, excellent for toasting/roasting. 20 seeds for $1.75.

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Squash, winter ‘Burgess Buttercup’ (Cucurbita maxima) squBBut
This well known squash is a favorite of many. The flesh is very dense. This named variety first appeared in the 1932 catalog of Burgess Seed. 25 seeds for $1.50.




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Squash, pumpkin ‘Casper’ (Cucurbita pepo) squCasp
I like the smooth ghostly white look of this pumpkin. Averaging about 15lbs. makes them a nice size for decorating or cooking. Originally called Blanco, it was developed in Canada just across the border from here so I’m assuming it is good for growing in northern areas as well as in the south. The flesh is reportedly good for pie. 25 seeds for $1.75.

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Squash, pumpkin ‘Cinderella’ aka ‘Rouge Vif D’Etampes’ (C. maxima) sqaCin
This French heirloom is a very pretty pumpkin. It is cheese wheel shaped with ribbing and deep red-orange skin. It is great for decorating, but it is also very edible. Growing up to 25lbs. per fruit, you’ll get a lot of puree for pie and other dishes. 20 seed for $1.50.

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Squash, pumpkin ‘Connecticut Field’ squCoF
This is a very old heirloom variety. It is listed in my copy of Field and Garden Vegetables of America from 1863. But internet sources say it is much older. In the book, it has a much shorter description that ‘Common Yellow Field’ which it seems to come from, but I can find no modern citations of it so that variety is no longer grown. Anyway, this is what you think of as your typical orange, ribbed jack-o-lantern pumpkin growing to about 20 lbs. 20 seeds for $1.75.




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Squash, winter ‘Delicata‘ (C. pepo) squDel
This heirloom has been around since the late 1800′s. It is sort of zucchini/vegetable marrow shaped and probably arose from them. It has light yellow skin with green markings. The skin is edible on this variety. Being it is think skinned, it is not a good variety to try to keep until spring. Eat these ones through the first part of fall/winter and save the other kinds for later. The flesh is good flavored as this squash sometimes gets nicknamed sweet potato. Being the squash is small, it is a great variety for trellising if you are short on space. 30 seeds for $1.50.




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Squash, winter ‘Galeux d’Eysines’ (Cucurbita maxima) squGDE
You might think this squash with its peachy colored skin cover in buff warts is ugly, but I think it is beautiful. This squash I’ve found is sometimes referred to as a Peanut Pumpkin. From many reports this is an excellent tasting squash. (I’ll be testing that out soon.) The fruits average 10-15lbs. 20 seeds for $1.75.




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Squash, pumpkin ‘Gold Standard’ (Cucurbita maxima) squGoS
Averaging about 15-18lbs. and with a deep orange skin, this pumpkin is terrific for jack-o-lanterns. It is good for the home garden being the vines are restricted. So they will still take up room, but not as crazily as normal. 20 seeds for $1.75.
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Squash, Winter ‘Green Striped Cushaw’ (Cucurbita mixta) squGSC
This squash has been around a long time. It is popular down south. A good article from Slow Food USA can be read HERE. It is known for its use as a pie pumpkin. To see some recipes, Click Here. Though it is not pumpkin shaped. It looks like a light and dark green striped butternut though the bottom is more bulbous. The squash average about 12 lbs. Reported to be squash vine borer resistant. 20 seeds for $1.25.

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Squash, pumpkin ‘Jack Be Little’ (C.pepo) squJBL
This is the most adorable pumpkin variety. The miniature orange fruit grow to about 2″ tall and 3″ wide with strong ribbing. They are very popular for fall decorations. This is also a good variety to grow if you have limited space since the plants can be easily trellised. 25 seeds for $1.50.

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Squash, pumpkin ‘Jarrahdale’ (C. maxima) squJar
This squash is deeply ribbed and light blue grey and averages about 10 lbs. It originated in Australia. It is very pretty, great for decorations. It also keeps well so it can be used all winter for cooking. It is good for soups and other recipes. 20 seeds for $1.75.

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Squash, winter ‘Long Island Cheese’(Cucurbita moschata) sqaLIC
This is a popular old squash. It is buff colored and does resemble a cheese wheel. The flesh is sweet and good for pies. The squash average about 10lbs. 20+ seed for $1.50.

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Squash, winter ‘Lunga di Napoli’ aka ‘Long of Naples’ aka ‘Zucca di Napoli’ (Cucurbita moschata) squLDN
This Italian heirloom variety looks sort of like a huge striated green butternut. There’s a nice pic on a blog called the Porcini Chronicles. Click here. It can grow very large, and it is used in Italian cooking. 20 seeds for $2.00.

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Squash, winter ‘Marina Di Chioggia (C. maxima) squMDC
I love the way this squash looks. It is so ugly it is pretty. It is very lumpy and a grey blue/green color.  The fruit are about 10 lbs. in size. The flesh is sweet and dry, good for cooking. 20 seeds for $2.00.
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Squash, pumpkin ‘Musquee de Provence’ aka ‘Fairytale’ (C. moschata) squMdP
This French heirloom variety is a very decorative cheese wheel type pumpkin as it is deeply ribbed with an orange tan exterior. It of course is also good for cooking too. The squash average about 20 lbs. 20 seeds for $2.00.




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Squash, Winter ‘Pomme D’Or’ (Cucurbita pepo) squPDO
This cute vining zucchini’s name translates to Apple of Gold. This variety is easy to grow and trellis. I’m sorry I didn’t taste these as they grew in the green summer squash stage, but once ripe they taste like acorn squash. They have a hard outer shell so they do make nice fall decorations. 15 seeds for $1.50.
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Squash, winter ‘Red Kuri’ aka Uchiki Kuri, Baby Red Hubbard, Hokkaido (Cucurbita maxima) squRKuri
This Japanese squash looks sort of like a deep orange-red small hubbard squash. Fruits average 5-10lbs. This variety is reported to be good for many uses from soup to pie. Kuri in Japanese means chestnut I’m assuming this is in reference to that yummy nutty quality that winter squash often have. 20 seeds for $1.75.




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Squash, winter hubbard ‘Red Warty Thing (C. maxima) squRWT
This is a lumpy red hubbard type squash that stay fairly small compared to how big regular hubbards can get. From what I’ve read at another seed site, this is re introduction of a variety once sold in the late 1800′s as Victor. I do not know if this is all true or if it just looks the same. Also from what I’ve read it is a variety from the USDA Seed Bank, but I could not find more info when searching the NPGS/GRIN system. The only red skinned hubbard I could find was a ‘Rojo’ from Argentina and Victor yielded no results.  I do know red skinned hubbard squash were available in the 1800′s as noted in my copy of Vimorin’s  The Vegetable Garden. Anyway, this is a good variety for those of you who like hubbards, but want a more manageable size. I could only find seeds treated with Thiram. 20 seeds for $ 1.75.




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Squash, winter ‘Shishigatani (C. moschata) squShi
This is an unusual looking squash. It looks like 2 small squashes conjoined sort of. To see a nice pic on Dave’s Garden, Click Here. As you can see the skin starts off very dark and turns a dark tan as it ripens. The flesh is yellow. This variety is an heirloom from Japan. 20 seeds for $2.00.




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Squash, pumpkin ‘Small Sugar’ aka ‘New England Sugar’ (C. pepo) sqaSmSu
This heirloom has been around since the mid 1800s. Enlarge the pic to see the text from 1863 in Field and Garden Vegetables of America. The pumpkins grow to about 6lbs. So they are great for table decorations and then for use as cooked pumpkin. 25 seeds for $1.50.

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Squash, winter ‘Spaghetti’ (Cucurbita pepo) sqaSpag
This variety has gain in popularity in recent years as a pasta substitute. The fruit grow in sort of a blimp shape to about 8″ long and are yellow. I’ve found it very easy to grow. Once cooked the flesh comes out in long strings sort of angel hair pasta looking. People top it with a simple olive oil sauce or alfredo. Some even use red sauce. 30 seeds for $1.50.

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Squash ‘Sweet Keeper’ (c. maxima) squSwK
This squash is similar to Sweet Meat. I’m not sure if it was bred from it or not (if you know send me a message.) It does stay good for a long time. We kept one til April in the kitchen, so there was no special storage conditions, and it was absolutely fine. 20 seeds for $2.00.
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Squash, winter ‘Sweet Meat’ (Cucurbita maxima) squSM.
This is a long time favorite of mine. It has gray blue skin and bright orange flesh that I love the flavor of. 20 seed for $1.50.

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Squash, acorn ‘Table Gold’ (Cucurbita pepo) squTG.
This acorn squash is is a beautiful yellow when ripe. Bush type plants. I love to cut acorn squash in half and bake cut side down in a pyrex pan with a bit of water. When done, I like flip them over, add butter and brown sugar to their middles and bake a little longer to melt, yummy. 30 seed for $1.50.

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Squash, acorn ‘Table Queen’ squTQu
This heirloom was the first winter squash I ever grew in my own garden. It did very well for me, and I think that is a testament to what an easy variety is is to succeed with since I really was a novice back then. The plants are sort of bushy since the vines grow to about 3′ around and they make quite a few acorns on each plant. Acorn squash tastes best when the orange spot appears on the dark green skin.

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Squash, winter ‘Tonda Padana’ (Cucurbita moschata) squTonda
This unusual heirloom pumpkin is from Northern Italy. It has raised vertical ribs of bright orange with mottled green skin between them. The flesh is dense and sweet. 20 seeds for $2.00.




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Squash, winter ‘Triamble’ a.k.a. ‘Shamrock’, ‘Triangle’, ‘Tristar’ (C. maxima) squTri
This green blue gray squash grows in a triangular shape as opposed to the normal round growth pattern of most squash. It grows to about 10lbs. The orange flesh is reported to be excellent tasting. Originally from Australia. 20 seeds for $2.00.




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Squash, winter ‘True Green Hubbard Improved (Cucurbita maxima)squTGH
This is a very old variety of squash, and at what time it became improved and what was improved about it, I do not know. I do know it is good one. The skin is a dark green with a bit of grey striping to it. It is typical hubbard shape, and the squash average about 12lbs. in weight. They store very well. 20 seeds for $1.75.




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Squash, winter ‘Waltham Butternut’ (C. moschata) squWaltB
This popular squash was developed by a gardener in Waltham, Massachusetts. It was an AAS winner in 1970, and it is sure to be an heirloom of the future. Butternut is good in many dishes and they also make excellent pie. 25 seeds for $1.50.

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Squash, pumpkin ‘Yellow of Paris’ aka ‘Jaune Gros De Paris’ (Cucurbita pepo) squYOP
This light tan skinned pumpkin is often advertized with its ability to grow quite large to about 100 lbs. I’m guessing the average size is smaller probably in the 25-30 lb. range which is still quite big. The flesh is reported to be of very good quality. 20 seeds for $1.75.

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