(03-06-2015, 05:01 AM)Shadow Wrote: 2013 first frost August 1.
2014 first frost August 15.
My gardening is very limited
sQUASH i TRIED 3 TIMES BOTH YEARS
Hey Shadow, why not order this heritage squash...it's only $4.00 for a pack of seeds, and maybe their kale fertilizer too? I mean if it was successful in the Northeast of the U.S. with their freaky bad weather, it must be very hardy.
Quote:Canada Crookneck Squash
C. moschata; Certified Organic
NEW FOR 2015! (110 days) I'm so pleased to be able to offer this ancient squash variety! At one time extremely popular, especially in the U.S. Northeast, this squash almost became extinct and is still considered endangered. Grown by the Iroquois, it was first offered commercially by Charles H. Hovey in the U.S., although it was grown before that. Little information is available about its Canadian roots, although I did find a reference to it in Henry David Thoreau's book "A Yankee in Canada" from 1850 describing his attempts to find seed for "the real Canada Crookneck squash" in Quebec. Growing to 12" and weighing about 2-4 lbs, the fruits have an incredibly sweet, rich, nutty taste and meaty texture. They have a bulbous end and a long, crooked neck with pale, tan skin. It was the neck that did them in. When long distance shipping became the norm for many vegetables, it was found that the necks had a tendency to crack when being shipped. The squash was therefore used as a parent to develop the Butternut, which remedied the shipping problem. However, according to one source, half the flavour was lost. This squash has rather short vines, making it a good garden squash, is pest and disease resistant and will keep for long periods. According to James J.H. Gregory, writing in 1893, the fruits were known to keep up to two years! For all these qualities and due to few commercial sources, SlowFood USA listed it on its Ark of Taste.