Winter Squash, Sweet Meat – Oregon Homestead (Organic)
Cucurbita maxima. 100 days.
Beautiful blue squash on huge, vigorous vines. 3-4 fruit per plant weigh 10-20 lbs each and store well through May. Selected for vigor, large seeds for good cool soil emergence, a small seed cavity, and premium flavor by Carol Deppe in Corvallis, Oregon. She spent years and produced several tons of squash to reselect for these characteristics. Since the release of Carol’s book, The Resilient Gardener, which highlights this selection of Sweet Meat, this is one of our top-selling varieties. (Thanks, Carol!)
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.