Annie’s Summer Squash Mix (Cucurbita pepo)
A pleasant blend of summer squashes and zucchinis in varying shades of yellow, purple, and green. These warm-season crops - Bianco di Trieste, Black Beauty, Tondo di Piacenza and Early Prolific Straightneck - produce abundant yields. Enjoy them while they are young and tender!
- 25 Seeds Minimum
- Germination: 8-12 days
- Maturity: 55-60 days
- Direct sow 1” deep in full sun after danger of frost has passed.
- Space plants 4-6” apart; space rows 4-6’ apart or plant 3 seeds on hills 3-4’ apart.
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We've always grown zucchini but we wanted a change. We couldn't believe how big these plants got! Everybody was shocked at the size of them. And they produced so much I'm almost afraid to plant them again. We had 4 plants and I was easily picking 30 a week. I was taking stacks and stacks to church. Even when we went on vacation and came back to huge, overgrown squash they were still flavorful. I blanched and froze a bunch and it has been wonderful for this winter. I had over 30 bags in the freezer. We just couldn't keep up with them!
The summer squash mix was fun to grow. The round zucchini and yellow squash were a nice change from the typical zucchini I've always grown. I planted them approximately June 1 and began harvesting about six weeks later. They show no signs of slowing down and I suspect I will be able to harvest until first frost. I've had no issues with pests or mildew and in spite of the 90 degree weather this summer, my squash has produced with only minimal watering. The round zucchini are good even if you let them get a little large and are a good substitute for eggplant in recipes.