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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Striata d Italia Squash
4 g about 32 seeds
We plant these squash just after the last spring freeze and continue to harvest until they freeze in the fall. They are that prolific, true they don't like the cool spring air, but they will grow because they were originally from the cool Mediterranean climate of Italy. These are always the first squash to produce in our gardens. Most people pick them a bit smaller (6"-8") and treat them as zucchini, but they will grow much larger (over a 1').
We start them indoors and when they get three leaves we transplant them into the gardens. Since we put them in so early we sometimes have to protect them from late frosts. We get a jump on things this way. Be sure to leave about 3-4' between each seedling because they do get big. If you want more squash, them keep them picked at a smaller size 5-6".
The giant blossoms are great for those who like to batter dip them to fry. We use this squash mostly fresh in salads when it is young or later in stiff fry. Our Italian friends here shred them with a cheese grater, ball them, bater dip them, fry them in olive oil and dip them in a red tomato sauce for some fine eating.You can also bake them or do just about anything with them. You better get creative because these are some of the most prolific producers I've seen.
We have stored Striata d'Italia in root storage for up to 5 months!!!