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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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Cocozelle
Cocozelle
Our Price: €2.80

Courgette Cururbita pepo A long green bush variety that is pre 1885. The fruits are dark green striped with lighter shades. Can be grown on as a marrow.  Average 10 seeds/packet more info
Costata Romanesco
Costata Romanesco
Our Price: €2.80

Cucurbita pepo Light green, ridged courgette, that is also one of the best squashes for drying (slices of green fruit harvested in summer at the large courgette stage)This Italian heirloom came to us via carol Deppe. Sow in April under cover and plant out in May or June. Harvest when small as a courgette and fist sized for drying.

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Ducks
Ducks
Our Price: €2.80

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
Tromboncino
Tromboncino
Our Price: €2.80

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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