Squash (Cucurbita maxima)
10-15 seeds per pkg. – $2.50
SCM3. Pink Banana –100 days. Wow, was I surprised at how prolific these squash were, and as I was uncertain if they would grow big here, I had to try and of course I put in 2 plants! Needless to say I had a good crop of these squash, which have a pinkish tinge to their orange skins and sweet, rich firm flesh. Grew to about 10 lbs. each. Similar to Spaghetti squash in texture.
SCM4. Guatemalan Blue Banana –90-95 days. Fun to grow and manageable size in the fall at 5-7 lbs. each, these squash make great eating and have smaller edible seeds. Excellent in soup or baked with butter. Limited 12 seeds. Like butternut squash in it’s texture.
SCM5. Red Warty Thing(Victor) – 100+ days. Introduced in 1897. If you start these early enough you will have good luck making at least one or two of these beauties. Don’t be put off if there are no warts as they will develop the longer they are stored, and they store well. They can be eaten like a hubbard, similar in texture and taste, but are great for decorating purposes as well. 20 seeds.
SCM6. Queensland Blue – 100 Days. This is a smaller squash to the Jarradale pumpkin, similar in that it is lobed and grayish-green (making it blue) but is turban shaped. It is great for eating and stores very well. The flesh is yellow-orange and dryer like a buttercup squash. They grow to about 4 lbs.. If you are a fan of Butternut you will love this.
SCM7. Triamble – 100 days. Also known as Shamrock or Tristar, this unique three lobed squash is fun to try. I got a couple off of mine and they are weird looking squash for pies or side-dishes. Stores very well. Rare – 10 seeds.
SCM14. Australian Butter – 90 days. Fun, peachy-orange turban shaped fruits, each vine sets about 2 each, so if you let the runners go, you will have more than enough. They are about 6 lbs. and the flesh is firm and moist. Excellent flavor.
SCM15. Peanut – 96 days. These look very similar to Australian Butter when growing, but they have a pointed blossom end instead of flat and end up with little bumps on them sometimes. They have a similar flesh and productive vines.
SCM16. Lumina type/Valencia – 98 days. Rare and limited seeds 12 per pkg. A beautiful lobed white skinned pumpkin, very nice eating and for pies. Firm flesh, deeply orange when ripe. The skin remains light colored, taking on more of an orange tinge when ripe. Good size and flavor. Fun for decorating as well. Flesh similar to butternut.
SCM17. Green Buttercup – 95 days. (1925) Flattish buttercup type, dark green, bright orange flesh that is dryer and sweet. Good producer. Long vines produce well even in stress years. Limited offering.
SCM18. Lower Salmon River – Rare heirloom (endangered). 85 days. For Pacific North West and the Prairies, but it is native and loves the West Coast. Light golden yellowy pink, pale skin, golden flesh, firm and excellent for baking and winter eating. Makes an excellent soup. I call this our Alberta Butternut, because it will produce well in our short seasons. The fruits are about 7-8 lbs, stout and with a slight cupped base. Very ornamental as well. Very rare in Alberta.
SCM19. Uncle Dave’s Dakota Dessert Squash – 80 days. One of the original Buttercup squashes, it is dry and extremely sweet for those who love buttercups. They were enormously prolific, setting lots of 1-2 lb. fruits that stored exceptionally well. Limited 15 seeds per pkg.
SCM32. Brodé Galeux d’Eysines (Galeux d’Eysines) – 97 days. A most exceptional and beautiful squash pumpkin type, that is also tasty for soup and pies. It is a rare French Heirloom(1883) called Embroidered with warts from Eysines (an area in the Bordeaux region of France). It is also called the Peanut pumpkin in some references, but I have grown Peanut and it does not develop the warts as quickly as this variety. So I am maintaining it is different. Lovely deep orange , sugary firm flesh, it is still keeping in storage. Wonderful for fall decorations for the kids also. 10 seeds.
SCM22. Cheyenne Bush – 90 days. I was a bit surprised by this plant, as I expected a bush habint and therefore smaller fruits, but the squash from this variety resemble a Yellow version of the Howden pumpkin, weighing 10 lb or more, tall faced, green turning yellow, then golden, flesh is mild and moist, somewhat stringy like a spaghetti squash and having good taste. An interesting type to grow and try.
SCM23. Sayda – 70 days. Unusual bush squash from our friends in Quebec. Open pollinated, white skinned, squash for summer eating, or winter soups. Light moist flesh with a bit of stringiness to it, for baking or soups. Makes a good meal with spaghetti sauce. Large squash are about 10 lbs, but summer squash are manageable for a meal. Good producer.
Squash (Cucurbita moschata) 10-15 seeds per pkg. – $2.50
SQ2. Blue Hubbard – 95-100 days. Traceable as far back as 1859. They again produced 35-45 lb. fruits which I used in soup and fabulous Christmas dinner. The fruit is blue-ish as it grows, ripening to a pale orange beneath the skin once it ripens in storage. Long keeper, firm, sweet, moist flesh. Not as dry as regular hubbards. If you like butternut squash, but cannot grow it, this is a great one. 10-12 seeds.
SQ4. Musque de Provance – 95-100 days. These are a Cinderella type pumpkin that ripens to a dark brown/green. Deeply lobed and beautifully shaped. They end up about 5-10 lbs. each. It may not look like much, but it would make a great carriage! Actually they are the sweetest, richest tasting of all squash and a natural for fresh eating or soups/baking. Rare and treasured French heirloom.
SQ6. Fairytale pumpkin – 100 days. This is not the same pumpkin as the Rouge vif d’Etampes or the Musqee de Provence. It is a nice bright orange, squat and up to 10 lbs. Mine was 20” across, with a mostly hollow center, tasty in pie and soup. It is slightly lobed, not deeply like the others. Not many seeds inside. 10 seeds per package.
SQ5. Cindy Souper – 75 days. A natural farm cross that is excellent for either pumpkins for decorating, eating as pie, or baking and soup. Firm golden flesh, each fruit is slightly flattish with ribs in either lighter orange or green mottles. It is a cross between the heirloom Rouge Vif d’Etampes and Sweet Momma Buttercup. About 5-8 lbs. Excellent keeper. Some have almost a nippled base, some have a turban squash type base. Fun to grow and very ,very sweet tasting.
SQ7. Black Futsu – 95 days. A 5-8 lb. Flattish black skinned Japanese squash, rare here in the Prairies. Does well in rich soil with long vines, producing a few fruits here in the cool weather, would do well in a hot year. Fruits are flattened, with a turban type bottom, with a firm medium orange flesh tasting of hazelnuts. Makes a fine baking or soup squash. Good producer most years.
Squash (Cucurbita pepo) 10-20 seeds per pkg. unless otherwise stated – $2.50
SCP0. Connecticut Field – 110 days. These pumpkins are good for pie and also carving. Pumpkins can be eaten like squash, providing good nutritional value and fiber. The fruits can reach up to 25 lbs. but in Northern Climates with an indoor start you will probably have the largest ones at 10 lbs. They are slightly flattened out of round, but still with good shape for carving. The seeds make good eating as well. The flesh is dry and sweet.
SCP1. Winter Luxury Pie Pumpkin – 95 days (will ripen indoors). Apparently this heirloom was introduced by Johnson and Stokes in 1893. It will grow to about 4-6 lbs. and is the best pie pumpkin available. White netting interior is easy to remove and they are sweet and good. Round type. Rare – 12 seeds.
SCP2. Lady Godiva – 100 days. A naked seeded variety grown for the seeds, the flesh can also be eaten. They grow to about 20 lbs. and yield a few handfuls of dark green naked pumpkin seeds for fresh eating and of course growing your own next year. They are beautifully dark green with darker stripes that eventually ripen to orange with greenish stripes, but they remain green here until well after picking. Store for up to 3 months.
SCP3. Long Pie pumpkin – 80 days. These are not round pie pumpkins, but are apparently very sought after as they make fantastic pies. It is also called St. George, as offered in Burpee’s catalogue in 1888. Productive and will germinate in poor soils. Looks like a zucchini but has a tell-tale orange spot where it rests on the ground. Long storage on these ones. Limited seeds – 12 per pkg.
SCP8. Small Sugar – 100 Days. A perfect size pumpkin for drawing faces on at Halloween, these small pumpkins average about 3 lbs. and are perfect spheres. Cute and good eating too. The seeds can be used like pumpkin seeds, as can all types. Delicious!
SCP10. Howden pumpkin – 115 days. Tall faces make for great carving pumpkins on this variety. Beautiful storage capabilities as well and early enough if started indoors. One plant provides up to 7 of these pumpkins every year. Good for pie but not the best pie pumpkin.
SCP11. Yellow cup gourd – 95 days. Averaging ½ lb. each, these cute gourds can be used for decoration, but I wanted to make drinking cups out of them and so that is what I did. They are small, pear shaped with bumps on the yellow skin. Interesting and fun.
SCP12. Green birdhouse gourd – 95 days. 5 seeds per pkg. Limited offering. Similar to the above yellow gourds, only large, oblong and with fewer bumps. The skin is striped green. They can be used for larger birdhouses or drinking cups or bowls.
SCP24. Dark Green Zucchini – 60 days. Similar to Onyx or black beauty. Good size and productivity. 10 seeds.
SCP28. Mandan Squash – 85 days. Originally from Heritage Harvest Seeds, this is what she believes to be the original Mandan Squash from the Mandan Native tribe of the Midwest states. The fruits are flattish, yellow with green stripes, up to 1 lb. in size, for fresh summer eating. Very ornamental later, can be used in fall decorative displays. Extremely rare. 10 seeds per pkg..
SCP30. Spaghetti Squash – 90 days. Limited availability – 10 seeds. Used commonly for it’s shredding quality when cooked, resembling spaghetti and used in the same way. Good producer. But if you like this also try Pink Banana Squash.
SCP40. Early Crookneck – 55 days. Bushy plants produce a flow of long golden colored bumpy zucchini all summer long. 10 seeds per pack.
SCP42. Grey zucchini – 55 days, this is a more squat type, pale green skinned zucchini, excellent for smaller spaces, as it keeps it’s bush format. Great plant.
SCP43. Clairmore zucchini – 58 days. Excellent bush variety producing less fruits, which is easier to keep up with! Squat almost spotted green fruits, growing to good size but not overbearing. Great summer flavor.