Squash, Summer, Early Prolific Straightneck (Cucurbita pepo) - 50 Seeds

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Early Prolific Straightneck Squash (Cucurbita pepo) - 50 Seeds

•American grown seeds
•Open Pollinated
•USDA Zones 3-12

This is a very productive variety of summer squash that is quite popular. These compact, bush type plants produce heavy yields of lemon-yellow club shaped squashes in small spaces. These are best when picked at 6 inches which takes about 50 days. The firm grained flesh is excellent and is a big reason for their popularity.

Medicinal Properties:
On top of all those awesome vitamins and minerals, squash also delivers über-healthy compounds called carotenoids—specifically lutein and zeaxanthin. It's those compounds that (per the research) seem to give squash additional, amazing health boons. Just like those carotenoids build up in the skin of the squash, they build up in our skin, too, when we eat carotenoid-rich produce regularly. That buildup shields our skin from UV rays and pollution—according to scientific studies—and also may slow skin aging by helping to keep skin hydrated and elastic.

Growing Instructions:
Gardeners with short growing seasons may want to start their squash seeds indoors a month before the last expected frost. Since squashes do not take well to transplanting, peat pots are the best option. Plant 2 seeds per pot, later clipping off the weaker seedling. Harden the seedlings by exposing them to weather for several hours a day for a week before transplanting them after the last frost once soil temps average above 65°F. Plant in very rich soil, 8-10 inches apart in rows 10-12" apart.

To direct sow, plant the seeds a week or so after the last frost ½” deep, 3-4” apart and thin to 8-10” apart. Avoid planting them with potatoes. Keep moist, but avoid soaking the leaves as this can lead to rot or mildew. When vines develop, adding a layer of much can be very beneficial.