Pumpkin, Montana Jack (Organic)
Cucurbita pepo. 75 days.
This jack-o-lantern is often orange in mid-August from an early June transplanting! We never would have thought it possible without seeing it with our own eyes. Many jacks are late to mature; this one is so early you can forget about planting it until July and probably still have good results. Fruit average 8-10 lbs, with a few up to 20 lbs. Good variation in size and shape, and the majority are more round than tall. Average 4 fruit per plant. Bred by the one and only John Navazio, when he was living in Montana, to be an early ripening pumpkin for areas with a short growing season. It has very good flavor for a carving-type pumpkin and could even be used for pies. This variety is a perfect example of how excellent open pollinated varieties can be when given the proper attention. We don’t need no stinkin’ hybrids!
Sow indoors in 2-4” pots with good potting soil May through mid-June. Transplant into the garden 1-2 weeks after sprouting to 2-3’ centers and 6′ wide rows. May also be direct sown when soil is warm. Young plants are sensitive, we recommend row cover to protect from frost and insects.
To save seed, scoop out seeds when you eat the fruit. Rinse off and dry. Isolate from other squash of the same species by at least ½ mile.