SQUASH Sweet Meat
A popular winter variety with excellent keeping qualities. The thick flesh is deep yellow, quite sweet and smooth in texture. Plant is vining in nature, bears up to several 9" x 5" fruits averaging 10 lb. when mature. Delicious baked or steamed. Approximately 105 days to maturity.
Special Directions For Short Season Climates
SOWING: Seed directly into the garden in late spring when all danger of frost has passed and weather has warmed or start indoors in individual peat pots 2 to 3 weeks before setting out. Plant seeds 1/2 to 3/4 inch deep covering with fine soil firmed down.
SPACING: Plant about 6 seeds per hill spacing hills 3 to 4 feet apart.
THINNING AND TRANSPLANTING: Thin or transplant to 3 sturdiest plants per hill when seedlings are 3 to 4 inches high.
GERMINATION: 1 to 2 weeks depending upon weather. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Rich, well-drained soil in a sunny location, kept fairly well watered is ideal for squash. Avoid overwatering and continual use of high-nitrogen fertilizers. Gather before frost leaving part of stem attached. Cure fruit for one week in warm, dry spot. Store long term in 45 to 55 area.