OSP Rustic


OSP Rustic


Formerly Variegated Mix

Bush Zucchini- cv OSP Rustic (C pepo)
OSP Rustic is a farm bred variety, part of the Organic Seed Partnership between NOFA-NY, Cornell and Regional Farmers.  OSP Rustic has dark green striping and mottling similar to Caserta, Cocozelle and Costata Romanesco on a green or gray green or pale green background and the variety of patterns and color combinations is diverse.  There is variability in fruit shape but generally it is long, slightly tapered toward the stem and are not usually ribbed.  Plants are of an open habit, fruit is easily harvested and show some powdery mildew resistance.  This variety was developed at Flanders Bay Farm near Riverhead, NY.

50 days.

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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.