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WINTER SQUASH SEEDS
Winter Squash has a sweet, earthy flavor, ripens late in the fall, and can be stored to eat in the winter. Make pies, cakes, breads and soups, or simply baked for a nourishing cold-weather side dish.
DELICATA ZEPPELIN Winter Squash (OP) 100 days, Cucurbita pepo
Sweet, thick orange flesh is higher in sugar than other Delicata squash strains. The nut flavored, tender skin does not need to be peeled. Roasted, blended and baked, Delicata Zeppelin makes a delicious, creamy custard pie.
The 1 to 2 pound fruits are a buttery-cream color with green stripes running lengthwise. Each plant produces up to 6 fruits which can be stored until mid January. Grow plants in the ground atop hills or train upon a trellis to save space — fruits will be easy to harvest and vines will not be trampled under foot.
|25 seeds - $2.49|
SWEET DUMPLING Winter Squash (OP) 100 days, Cucurbita pepo
A teacup-shaped, cream colored 4-inch winter squash with dark green stripes. Its light golden flesh is very sweet and tender - making it ideal for baking and stuffing. Use it right from the vine - no sun curing required. Keeps 3 to 4 months.
|30 seeds - $2.49|
BUTTERSCOTCH BUTTERNUT Winter Squash (OP) 85 days, Cucurbita moschata
An All-American Selections winner, these compact vines yield 3-4 squashes with tan skin, averaging 1-2 pounds. Dense, deep yellow-orange flesh has an exceptionally sweet, nutty flavor, ideal for baking and soup. They keep well into the winter when cured.
|15 seeds - $2.99|
How to Plant Winter Squash Seeds
Direct sow when soil is at least 70°F., and weather has settled. Seeds will not germinate in cold soils. Start Winter Squash seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost or direct seed once all danger of frost is past. Vining plants need at least 4 to 5 feet of garden space for best fruit production. Winter squash should remain on the vines until fully hardened but removed before the first fall frost.