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A favorite for over 150 years, this classic, easy-to-grow, heirloom bush summer squash produces abundant white-fleshed fruits that are famously more flavorful than other summer squash types. Use a knife to cut fruit from the plant to avoid breaking the slender necks.
Days to Harvest: 50
6/5/2014 11:08:39 PM
I'm in Zone 8 just N. of San Antonio. We had bizarre hot/cold spring weather and these plants tolerated the extremes as well as four days of pelting rain.
I direct seeded on April 15th in plastic grow bags and in a circular modified keyhole garden that I usually water in the center. I mulched around all plants once they were established. Twice I fed with fish/seaweed emulsion. I started harvesting around May 30th.
All are happy and producing in mid 90-degree weather. One, at the moment, has 10 squash in various stages of growth PLUS blossoms.
Occasionally a leaf will yellow or get damaged. I simply prune it off and the plant produces more. Plants in the ground are producing more heavily than those in the bags but those in the bags are loaded with blossoms. Maybe they are lagging which may be to my benefit, like a staggered planting.
Squash vine borers (SVB) entered 3 before I noticed but hit the nearby zucchini harder. I saved 1 plant (read 'Pest Prevention' under the Grow Guide tab above) and have 10 remaining - more than enough for my family of 3. I intend to share as well as dehydrate the extra (probably blanching first.)
The fruit is quick to mature, firm, and nutty with a sweet tinge. They store well in my fridge and cook quickly. When sauteed with other veggies I add them toward the end. I especially love them with carmelized onions (the kind without added sugar) or cooked with zucchini and eggs.
Will I plant these again? Absolutely!
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