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Summer squash: Cucurbita pepo Saffron

Summer squash: Cucurbi 'Saffron' bears smooth, straight-necked, orange-yellow fruit with delicious yellow flesh. The highly productive bushy plant is sturdy and compact, and provides an early harvest. Cucurbita pepo vegetable yellow large leaves,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,palmate leaf,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,palmate leaf,,,,,,,,,, bushy bushy yellow large leaves,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,palmate leaf,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,palmate leaf,,,,,,,,, medium-green large leaves,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,palmate leaf,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,palmate leaf,,,,,,,, 119 134 130 7.0 7.0 vegetable Aphids, cucumber beetles, leafhoppers, squash vine borers (east of the Rockies), bacterial wilt, downy and powdery mildew, mosaic, anthracnose may occur. 0 0 Saffron radishes to help repel squash pests. Fertilize every 2-3 weeks with compost tea, seaweed extract, or balanced fertilizer, following package directions. Water well, an inch per week, especially during bloom and fruit set. 0 Use floating row covers to protect young plants from pests and cold temperatures. For squash vine borers, mound soil around plant base to discourage moths from laying eggs, or cover with floating row covers weighted down at intervals with stones; leave slack so plants can continue to grow underneath. Rotate crops and space plants well for air circulation. Choose disease-resistant cultivars when possible. 7-10 Victory Garden;, The Complete Vegetable and Herb G Harvest summer squash when fruit is glossy and easily pierced by a thumbnail and blossom has shriveled. For better storage, leave 1?2 inches of stem on squash. Harvest often to stimulate fruit production. Birds love squash seedlings. Cover them with small plastic strawberry baskets until the plants begin to crowd the baskets; birds lose interest in plants once they begin to mature. 50-55 Summer squash blossoms are a treat fresh from the garden, sautéed and tossed with pasta or fried until crisp. To maintain yields, harvest only male flowers, which tend to be smaller than female flowers and do not have miniature fruits visible directly behind them. Be careful to leave a few males to pollinate the females. Direct sow 2-3 weeks after last frost, when soil has lost its chill. Mound soil into hills 3 feet apart, in rows 4-6 feet apart. Plant 1 inch deep, 5-6 seeds per hill. Or start indoors 3 weeks before transplanting; sow in peat pots. 0 Thin young plants to 1-2 per hill. Mulch to retain moisture and keep weeds at bay. Black plastic may be used to provide a few extra degrees of soil heat. rich, fertile, well drained 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 compact habit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 flowers can be stuffed and fried 0 0 0 > 0 0 0 0
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