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LONG ISLAND CHEESE SQUASH (90 days)

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$1.25

SKU: 38004

HEIRLOOM 1824 This East Coast heirloom is thought of as a great pie squash. The name comes from the similarity in shade and shape to a big wheel of cheese. The buff colored skin reveals attractive, firm orange flesh. Fruits are 6-8 pounds and storage qualities are excellent. 15 seeds
HEIRLOOM 1824 This East Coast heirloom is thought of as a great pie squash. The name comes from the similarity in shade and shape to a big wheel of cheese. The buff colored skin reveals attractive, firm orange flesh. Fruits are 6-8 pounds and storage qualities are excellent. 15 seeds PLANTING: Indoors- Plant in individual biodegradable peat/cowpots 1/2”-1” deep, 3-4 weeks before last frost with soil temperature 70 degrees. Transplant 36” apart after last frost without disturbing the roots. Outdoors- 1/2”-1” deep after last frost, in warm soil at least 70 degrees. Sow a few seeds per space/hill with 24-36”. Harvest- Before heavy frost. Determine ripeness when it has turned color has a dull dry skin and you can’t dent the skin with your thumbnail. Leave two inches of the stem on squash and manage carefully so there is no damage which can shorten its storage life. Curing for 7-10 days in the sun to harden the rind and increase storage quality. Tips- Plant in fertile soil, amended with compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered. They benefit from growing on black plastic and by using row covers for weed, insect control, and more rapid growth. Fertilize on a regular basis by watering with compost tea. Select the more compact varieties if your space is limited.

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Short Description HEIRLOOM 1824 This East Coast heirloom is thought of as a great pie squash. The name comes from the similarity in shade and shape to a big wheel of cheese. The buff colored skin reveals attractive, firm orange flesh. Fruits are 6-8 pounds and storage qualities are excellent. 15 seeds
SKU 38004
Seed Varieties Winter Squash

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This "squash" (we call them pumpkins) was bought South by the Moravians in the 1700s, and has been grown in Piedmont NC ever since. My family has grown it for almost 2 centuries. Locals call it "Indian River" or "Indian Squaw" pumpkin. It yields well, is the finest "squash" for pumpkin pies, bar none, and is a very good keeper. It also makes a respectable Jack-o-lantern, even if it's a little flat and a little pink as compared to the commercial Halloween pumpkins. (Posted on 3/7/14)

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