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We grow three species of squash, pumpkins or courgettes. All were domesticated in the Americas. Cucurbita pepo includes courgettes Cocozelle and Costata Romanesco, hulless seeded pumpkin Lady Godiva and winter storage squash Candystick Delicata. It also includes many big orange pumpkins. Wiinter squash or pumpkins Ushiki Kuri Blue Kuri and Oregon Homestead Sweetmeat are Cucurbita maxima, these have hard dense, and often sweet flesh. They are good keepers. Also good keepers are Cucurbita moschata squash, which are all beige, like the Butternuts.


Growing

Sow squash seeds in small pots or modules in a warm place, such as a greenhouse or windowsill between March and June. Keep the plants in doors until the nights are warm and transplant to larger pots as necessiary. Plant out in May or June and protect from slugs. A Cloche will help produce an early crop. Squash produce separate male and female flowers that are pollinated by insects. If the female flowers, the ones with the little courgette at the base, are not pollinated they will rot and fall off. This sometimes happens early in the season and hand pollination helps. Just take a male flower and rub it in the female one. Courgettes should be picked when small. Cutting them will encourage the plant to produce more. Winter squash and pumpkins beed a long growing season and should be harvested when the plants die off or before the first frost. They need to he 'cured' by drying out in a greenhouse or sunny windowsill before storing. There is an interesting articles here about drying immature squash for winter use.



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Ushiki Kuri
Ushiki Kuri
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Cururbita maxima. Bright orange inside and out this is a very productive winter squash indoors and out.  Average 15 seeds/packet more info
Ducks
Ducks
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A yellow courgette shaped like a duck, Grown from seeds sent to us by Anne Wafer, from Slovakia.  These delightful creature vegetables have very solid flesh, best eaten while small, they are perfect for the vegetarian barbecue. They are very decorative when mature. more info
Bottle Gourd
Bottle Gourd
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Lagenaria siceraria Also known as Calabash. 20-40 cm fruit, ripen into hollow woody structures which can be made into bowls, toys, instruments or birdhouses. They will harden over winter in a warm, dry spot. If mould appears, gently scrape off the upper layer of skin and dry fruit quickly. Sow in Aril or May and keep under cover, provide a string or other support to allow the plants to climb. 10 seeds per packet. more info
Tromboncino
Tromboncino
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Cucurbita moschata is a climbing squash that produces fruit shaped like a trombone. It is good to eat small (as a courgette) and can also been grown to maturity and stored. It is quite decorative with its large yellow flowers and pendulous fruits.

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Chilacayote
Chilacayote
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Cucurbita ficifolia The Chilacatote or Fig-leaf gourd, or Malabar gourd, or seven year melon, is an amazing plant that hails from central America. It looks lake any other squash plant, but is quite happy outdoors, (once it gets started). It produces what look like mottled watermelons, which can be used when young much like a courgette. The mature fruit contain jet black seeds, and will keep for years. I grew this batch of seeds in 2013, Curiosity got the better of me in 2016 and I opened them and took out the seeds. I thought they wern't germinating last year but this year, although slower than other squash seeds to emerge, they are germinating at 70%. The flesh is used to make deserts such as 'dulce de chilacayote' and fake shark fin soup. It is rich in vitamin B8 which is allegedly good for diabetics and those suffering from polycystic ovaries. The black seeds are also very nutritious and can be roasted and eaten like peanuts. 10 seeds per packet. more info
Lady Godiva
Lady Godiva
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Cururbita pepo
Each 4-6lb pumpkin yields up to a half pound of shell-less seeds. These plants trail and need lots of space but are pretty hardy and trouble free. The seeds are ready to be harvested in October when the plants have died back and the fruit have been cured in a warm place fro a couple of weeks. Average 15 seeds/packet
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Black Forest Kabocha
Black Forest Kabocha
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Cururbita maxima. Black Forest Kabocha Dark green, almost black Japanese squash. These store well and have a savoury, nutty flavour. 10 seeds more info
   
 
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