Squash, Winter, Table King Acorn (Cucurbita pepo) - 20 Seeds
Winter squash such as Table King Acorn comes fro the Native Americans, developed and cultivated in their gardens long before the arrival of explorers and settlers. Traidtionally, squash was grown alongside beans and corns as part of the "three sisters" group of vegetables that greatly benefit each others growth. This bush variety of acorn squash won the prestigious All Americana Selection Award.
•1974 All Americana Selection winner
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones 3-12
Gardeners with short growing seasons may want to start their squash seeds indoors a month before the last expected frost. Use peat pots since squash do not take well to transplanting. Plant 2 seeds per pot, later clipping off the weaker seedling. Harding the seedlings by exposing the to weather for several hours at a time during the week before transplanting. About a week after the last frost when the average temp reaches 60°, plant the seedlings in very rich soil 8-10' apart in rows 10-12' apart.
To direct sow, plant the seeds a week after the last frost 1/2" deep, 3-4' apart and thin to 8-10' apart. Squash are not frost tolerant, so provide protection if cold weather threatens. Keep soil moist at all times, but avoid getting leaves wet as this can lead to rot or mildew. When the vines begin to develop, add a layer of mulch to help conserve water. By midsummer, pinch off all the blooms to concentrate the plant's energy to the developing squash. Harvest before the first fall frost when the stems begin to dry and the skin becomes too hard to pierce with a fingernail.
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