Early Summer Yellow Crookneck Squash Seed
Our Early Summer yellow crookneck squash is ready to eat in just (58 days). Its an easy to grow heirloom that's fast to mature. This is our favorite summer squash! It bears many 6-inch fruit, with a slightly bent neck and its very prolific. Harvest all summer long. Keep plants picked so they keep producing. This seed is certified organic.
Love it sliced and stir fried with garlic & onions, seasoned with soy sauce. Another way you will want to try is cubed with cubed potatoes and chopped onions, mix all in a bowl, season with salt & pepper and dredge with flour. Fry it all in hot peanut oil. When I have a lot I cook it this way, but not quite done, let it cool, then freeze it. Then I just let it thaw in a baking dish and shove it in an oven at 375F for 30 minutes or until browned.
30 seeds per pack. Packed for 2017. Lot #391. 88% germination.
Culture: Tender, will not survive frost. Sow in hills 4' apart, 5 seeds/hill. Thin to 2?3 best plants. Floating row covers, especially when used in low tunnels, provide extra heat and can hasten maturity by 1 to 2 weeks.
Male blossoms typically precede females by about a week. Females have a bulge at the base of the blossom, an early stage of the fruit forming. In early summer, a combination of cool, cloudy weather and declining bee populations may result in poor pollination causing low yields.
Mites and colony collapse disorder have wiped out a high percentage of wild and domesticated honeybee colonies in the last 20 years, creating a real crisis for cucurbit growers. Don?t leave oversized squash on the vines. It shuts down production.
Make succession plantings to ensure harvest through the entire frost-free season, insurance against powdery mildew and other diseases tiring old plants. Minimum germination temperature 60°, optimal temperature range 70?90°, optimal temperature 85°.
Days to maturity are from direct seeding.
Taste: Unless you want to stuff them, for best flavor pick squash when they are small. Squash blossoms are a delicacy. Harvest male blossoms when fully open for salads or stuffing. Don't pick them all at once because you may not get squash at all!
Pests & Diseases: To combat squash bugs without using pyrethrum or neem: Protect young plants with row covers. Striped cucumber beetles and squash bugs overwinter in squash residues so burn or haul these away at season?s end rather than cold composting them. By hand-picking them in June and July, I reduced an endemic problem and almost completely eliminated squash bug damage.
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