Shades of Green
Shades of Green
Bush Zucchini- cv Shades of Green (C. pepo)
Our seed crop comes from productive, healthy and robust bushy plants. Originally a mass cross of dark green hybrid zucchini then selected as an open pollinated farm variety over several years. Since then we have crossed this stellar performer with some of our best sprawlers and continue to select for the bush characteristic. The parent Dark Green Selection was one of the best performers in Cornell's Organic Farm trials in 2009. This year we offer a mix of dark green, green and very pale green and include a small amount of seed of striped and mottled greens for diversity.
*pending OSSI status
Grown at Invincible Summer Farms, Southold, NY
Bush Summer Squash
Packet plants 20 ft row (20 seeds)
Plant squash in mid to lat May when the soil is warm. Summer squash is harvested young and immature while the skin is tender often beginning to bear before 60 days after sowing the seed. You can plant another crop in mid June to maintain production of summer squash into the fall.
Make a furrow 2 inches deep in a well prepared garden soil. Sow one or two seeds 12 inches apart in the row. Cover the seed with an inch of soil. The plants are generally compact but can grow quite large. It is possible to transplant squash before they start to bear with great care but some crowding is fine.
Summer squash is well known and there are many ways to prepare it. The batter dipped blossoms as they are about to bloom with or without young squash attached is a real treat for home gardeners.
Squash is harvested for seed when mature and the skin become tough. They will have angular stems. Cut it open and scoop out the seed. In water you can separate the orange strings from the seed. Rinse the seed and dry on newspaper or screen until the seed breaks when bent. C. pepois zucchini and will cross withacorn, delicate and dumpling and Halloween pumpkins. Squash flowers are insect pollinated so unless you can isolate the pollinating flowers squash will cross. Research techniques of hand crossing the flowers if interested or grow just one variety of squash.