Crookneck Summer Squash Seeds; organic + heirloom

Crookneck Summer Squash Seeds; organic + heirloom

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Previous season’s stock. This seed is on sale.
One seed packet filled with wild magic: heirloom organic seeds grown and collected by hand on our small scale farm. For expert and aspiring gardeners. An environmentally conscious alternative to conventional seed.

In an effort to save on paper and ink, planting instructions can be found below. Printed instructions are available by selecting the option for our planting information postcard. A beautiful postcard including the main listing photo for this seed variety, plus detailed planting instructions on the back.

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{summer crookneck squash}
Cucurbita pepo
15+ seeds

Summer squash are best when picked young and tender, this variety should be picked when the skin is still relatively smooth. As fruits grow larger skin becomes warty, flesh is tougher and becomes a nice decorative squash.

{planting information}
Days to Maturity: 58
Lifecycle: annual
Sunlight: full sun
Soil conditions: requires well-drained, fertile, loose soil, high in organic matter with pH between 5.8 and 6.8. Plentiful and consistent moisture is needed from the time plants emerge until fruits begin to fill out.
Height: 1.5 to 3 feet
Spread: 2-4 feet
Bloom time: mid-summer, late summer
Special characteristics: native to North America, edible flowers, flowers are sometimes battered and fried or stuffed. 

{how to plant} 
Squashes like warm soil and are sensitive to frost, so don’t be in a rush to plant early in the spring. Wait until all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed to about 70 degrees (Usually two weeks after the last expected frost date). 

Direct seed 1 to 1 1/2 inches deep into hills (which warm and drain earlier in the season) or rows. Sow 4 to 5 seeds per hill. Space hills about 18" apart. When the plants are 2 to 3 inches tall, thin to 2 to 3 plants per hill by snipping off unwanted plants without disturbing the roots of the remaining ones. In rows, sow seeds 6 to 12 inches apart in rows 4-6 feet apart. Snip off plants to thin to one plant every 18 to 36 inches. 

Mulching plants helps retain moisture and suppress weeds. Mounding soil around the base of the plants can discourage squash borers from laying eggs.

Seeds are packaged in 100% recycled, 20% post-consumer waste brown kraft envelopes. Thank you for recycling again.