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Crystal Hartman For those who might be interested. I may apply for EPP if I can find time.
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Karen Epple Looking for some great groups, like you folks,, to table at the event. No fee to participate. We'll have a great time and share our vision for a better world. Please join us!
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Crystal Hartman Captain's log, plant date 3/22/15:

Great Scott Captain, she can't handle anymore! Unexpected overload of eager volunteers! Any more and she'll blow. I'm a farmer, not a manager! You get the point.

We
See More had 12 students from Alpha Epsilon Delta visit the nursery today and lend many hands to get this place ship shape. Swabbing the deck is arduous work so we took breaks to pot some arrowroot and sunchokes into pots for sale at the Market. There were so many of each we have 2 plots in the gardens and about 40 pots of each for sale. One volunteer took on the massive task of removing all the sprinkler heads for cleaning.

The sun was hot and as the students had their sweaty fill, Nancy and I cleaned up and knocked off early.

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Crystal Hartman 22.03.2015 at 07:45 pmCrystal Hartman 22.03.2015 at 07:45 pmview 9 more commentsNancy Hendler 22.03.2015 at 09:10 pmNancy Hendler 22.03.2015 at 09:11 pmSteve Blackhawk Barb here: WooooHooo! You GO girl! Many hands make for lighter work! Keep up the good job and delegate delegate !22.03.2015 at 09:16 pm4Michael Adler :-) did you make sure the sprinkled heads are pointed in the right directions?22.03.2015 at 10:21 pm3Susan Marynowski Alright...great work everyone!23.03.2015 at 12:15 am1Gabriela Waschewsky Glad to hear the day went so well.23.03.2015 at 01:08 am1Evelyn Giansanti Reedy Happy to hear you so many volunteers.!23.03.2015 at 01:36 am1Deborah Aldridge You have sunchokes? And you are there this Wednesday? Please LMK. I've been looking for them.23.03.2015 at 11:40 pm1Crystal Hartman Hi Deborah, we just potted some sunchokes for sale. I can meet you there Wednesday (tomorrow) by appointment, or I will be there Thurs 4-6. 352214817924.03.2015 at 06:22 pm
Crystal Hartman GREEN SUNDAY this weekend (March 22) from 12-4. Nancy Hendler and I will be at the helm. Please stop in for an hour or two to help this community project stay active.21.03.2015 at 04:13 pmLike
Crystal Hartman OPEN FOR BUSINESS this Thursday 4-6.
Come if you can to help me catch up on all the stuff that's getting behind.

NEED SOMEONE to cover this Sunday 12-4. There are 5 Sundays this month and there was some
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Edulis Exsto Anyone open to do Saturdays?19.03.2015 at 11:57 pm

Seminole Pumpkin


The Seminole pumpkinĀ (Cucurbita moschata) is actually closer related to butternut and calabaza, than a real pumpkin. They usually grow in a more pumpkin-like shape than butternuts. The vines are aggressive and fast growing, achieving lengths of 20 feet or more. They like to climb, but the fruits usually pull them down.

Soil: Prefers rich soil with lots of organic matter and plenty of lime. Fertilizing also usually helps. The best vines usually volunteer from compost piles. Mulch heavily to control annual weeds and conserve water, but keep it half a foot back from the origin.
Water: These need plenty of water when they’re starting out, and may need irrigation throughout, depending on your soil’s capacity to provide water. Some people don’t care for their vines at all, and have good production. Avoid overheard watering, especially late in the day, as moisture can encourage gummy stem blight.
Sun: Full sun is usually recommended, but we find the vines wilt most of the day. Light shade would probably help reduce wilting time and therefore improve growth. Fruits can be sunburnt on hot summer days, if the older leaves that used to shade them wither away. We have solved that problem by intercropping with sweet potato.
Cold: This is a fairly long season squash, so I would not recommend a fall planting, but they could succeed if we don’t get any freezes till real late in the year.
Propagation: Seed. Every vine seems to be a little different. Take care not to cross with less rugged Cucurbita moschata, like butternuts. Plant as early as possible.
Pests: It resists powdery mildew, though its white leaf splotches are often mistaken for it. It resists vine borers, but not completely. Check for holes spilling wet sawdust, usually at a leaf or tendril joint (especially if a portion of the vine wilts). Split open the stem with a knife and remove the borer. A concentrated rotenone/pyrethrin spray can prevent them except that rain washes it off. Another type of borer infests the new fruits and flowers. I kill all I can to prevent their reproduction. They only attack the very young fruits, and seem to come in waves. You should get some production between the waves. A green caterpillar with white lines webs leaves together, rolls the edges, and especially favors the growing tips. They can be very destructive. BT spray or powder should control them. Seminole pumpkins are susceptible to gummy stem blight if you mulch up to the base.
Other problems: Will invade the rest of your garden and all your neighbor’s yards.

Harvesting, storage, and preparation: I like to wait till the stem turns brown just in case it might get a bit sweeter. They can also be eaten green, like a summer squash. Putting wood under the fruit can prevent damage from the ground. Some people leave them out long after the vine has died and they stay remarkably healthy. I’ve had shelf stored pumpkins last more than a year. They make excellent pumpkin pies, pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread, and anything else you might use a butternut or pumpkin for.
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More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=relevance&text=Cucurbita%20moschata

pdf – Seminole Pumpkin Information Sheet (to print out)



7 comments to Seminole Pumpkin

  • Claudia Cambigue

    Hi – This is the first I have heard of this Seminole Pumpkin. Anyone out there have a few seeds to share for our community garden??Thanks. Claudia

  • T. Gunderson

    You can locate Seminole Pumpkin seed as well as other heirloom seed from South Carolina Foundation Seed Association at 1162 Old Cherry Road, Clemson, SC 29636-9952.
    Phone: 864.656.2520 or cell no.: 864.650.5306 Mike Watkins. http://www.clemson.edu/seed. I ordered some seeds on Thursday, they arrived in California by Monday. Price for seed and shipping fees were very reasonable.

  • Rosemary

    I am growing the pumpkin this year. This plant/seed I will share with my garden club.

  • Bob

    I’m growing them for the first time this year and so far they are doing beautifully, sending out enormous white-mottled leaves and climbing up a large dead apricot tree. They seem happy to climb as long as the tendrils can find something to grab onto. No flowers yet but lots of buds.

  • Not telling so Anonamys

    I have a project about this and i made Pumpkin bread so this wuz very usefull info!

    Thanks,
    Anonamys

  • Bebe

    My son got 6 of these Seminole seeds from a friend of his and they have grown very well. They do not look like your picture however and when opened the first one had no seeds at all, not even little immature ones. We are wondering what is wrong so
    that we did not get seeds? This has never happened to us before and we grow all
    kinds of squash.

    Thanks for your help.
    Bebe

  • I asked Michael about this Bebe … he had never heard of that either. He wrote “Occasionally, some kinds of plants will make fruits that never got fertilized, but I’ve never heard of that with squash. Maybe it got fertilized with another kind of squash that turned out to be nonviable? That is still very strange. Do you have any pictures?”

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