Delicata Squash (Cucurbita pepo)
Saved (Keith Hartwig, Avondale, PA)
Direct sow outside 1-2 weeks after your average last frost date, when soil temperature is 70-85F.
Seed depth 1". Seed spacing 2-3 seeds per mound, mound spacing 4-6'. 5-10 day to emerge. When 3 leaves per plant, thin to 1-2 plants per mound. 90 days to maturity. 6 foot vines.
The best squash must be chosen at full maturity. Remove the seeds, separate from pulp and rinse remainder of pulp off. Cure thoroughly by laying seeds out on a screen or paper plate. Seeds are fully cured when outside shell has hardened.
These seeds were saved from a local backyard garden! Delicata squash is delicious roasted and can be made for sweet or savory dishes.