Vine. The standard of excellence for winter squash-
deep orange, dry, flaky, and very sweet.
Develops its sweetness early, so while the inevitable unripe squash on the vine at the end of the season won't store like fully-ripened ones, they will be tasty. (Most immature winter squash is bland at best.) Vines carry several 3-5 lb fruits--just right for a meal.
Dark green blocky fruit with gray button on the blossom end. Stores about 4 months.
Latin name: Cucurbita maxima.
Start seed indoors in flats or pots, up to a month before last frost
date. Transplant 18" apart after frost past. Add lots of compost or
decomposed manure. Mulch helps even out soil moisture, but where squash
bugs are a problem, mulch will give them hiding places. Diatom dust on
the stems and surrounding soil helps against them (if using, use drip
watering or water in one spot only, to leave the dust in place). Harvest
before heavy frost or when stems are dry. Leave 1" stem.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Easy to grow, Tolerates hot weather, Stores well