I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!
I planted several varieties over the past couple years. These have been the most reliable producers so far. Averaged 10-15 lbs. one larger one about 20. Nothing remotely close to 40 lbs. that’s ok. Huge ones are a pain to break down.
I planted a whole bunch of this to attract bees and butterflies. It grows like crazy. However I protected the seed with hay because my first round died because of the hot Florida sun and lack of rain lately.
We started these indoors in January. We transplanted them twice and finally out to our raised bed (full coastal sun). The plant is massive and the tomatoes are TASTY! The best little tomatoes we have ever had. We will likely plant them in a separate bed next year since they grow to such a large size and can crowd out other plants.
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Organic Arikara Squash
Organic Arikara Squash (70-110 days)
Seed package contains 10 heirloom seeds
This squash was grown by the Arikara Indian tribe who historically occupied the region along the Missouri River in western North Dakota. They were known to the Sioux as "corn planters" and were well known to all for planting pumpkins, beans, corn and squash.
Arikara winter squash was introduced in the 1920 Oscar Will Seed Catalog … this variety came to famed seedsman Oscar Will via Melvin Gilmore who obtained seed from the Arikara at Ft. Berthold.
Gilmore, an ethnobotanist and historian is perhaps best known for his interview and transcription that resulted in a book we know as Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden today.
Gilmore and George Will were friends and colleagues … often reading drafts of one another’s ethnographic works prior to publication.
Arikara winter squash was followed in 1922 by Arikara watermelon, which had the same provenance.
Arikara squash is an extremely heavy producer of pink-salmon colored hubbard shaped fruits.
Squash sizes range from a few pounds to 27#s depending on soil nutrient levels.
Produces well under stress. We have dry farmed these squash with great success. We got an average of 600# of fruit per plant with ZERO irrigation in our coastal conditions.
Needs lots of space to grow. Vines can reach an excess of 12'
Arikara is an excellent keeper. We have had some keep for over a year stored at a constant 55 F
Excellent roasted and eaten like sweep potatoes or made into a rich, cream soup.
Talk about a homestead type food. It grows well in extreme conditions, produces heavy and stores for up to a year! What more could you ask for!
We are the only seed company grow and sell these incredibly rare seeds.