A hellava squash! These massive, blue-grey beauties are the perfect antidote to our long, drizzly NW winters. Fruits weigh 10-20lbs and can store easily through May. The thick, dry and oh-so-sweet flesh can be used in soups, pies, curries, or just eaten plain with salt and butter. A NW heirloom, it was improved by Oregon breeder Carol Deppe for cold-soil germination, a small seed cavity, vigorous growth and storability. We blew some minds when we dropped one of these in our CSA members’ share this fall. Large, sprawling vines produce 2-3 squash per plant.
Days to Maturity: 100-110
Latin name: Cucurbita maxima
Life cycle: Annual
Direct seed in early May or start indoors 3 weeks before
transplant. Optimal soil temperature for germination is
75-85°. Seeding depth:1/2”. Plant spacing: 24-36”.
Row Spacing: 5-6 ft.
All of our seed is Non-GMO and Certified Organic by Washington State Department of Agriculture. We grow the majority of our varieties here at Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island while we purchase the rest from other small, organic Northwest seed growers. Finally, all of our offerings are open-pollinated (OP) so that you too can save and share seed from these plants!