I had an 18 pot seed starting tray set thing-a-ma-gig that I bought a while ago, but have yet to actually use. So I am finally using it this year. Just for ease of lableing, I started 3 pots of 6 varieties. I wanted to start more, but then I remembered that I need to have a place in the garden for them to grow, and I am not sure I will have much more room outside for these big plants.
So here are the Squash/Cucumbers/Zucchini that I am growing this year:
Climbing Baby Butternut Squash
Days to Harvest: 110
These are small personal sized little butternuts that can be trained to grow up rather than out. I wanted to start these a little earlier than now, but the main goal is to let them get a few leaves on them before they go outside. Then I don’t have to wait for them to sprout outside… This should give me about a 3 week jump on growing, and my plants should be stronger because of this head start. I hope it works, because I REALLY want to grow a butternut. Last year, the aphids got them and they never really gotta a chance to set fruit.
Cucumber ‘Modern Early’
Days to Maturity: 45
These are a pickling variety, that apparently doesn’t take up much room in the garden. I just wanted a bit of a jump on the season so I can try and get a successional sowing in about a month.
Cucumber ‘Heirloom Lemon’
No Maturity date given on seed package
These are supposed to be vigorous and abundant plants, with vines growing from 3-5 feet. Apparently they are great fresh, or as pickles. I am keeping my fingers crossed these like the place I have chosen for them because I really want to taste these.
Zucchini ‘Bush Baby F1’
Days to Maturity: 49
McKenzie seeds says: “True miniature Zucchini”. I will grow these in containers (and possibly one in the ground to compare).
Squash ‘Sunburst Hybrid’
Days to Maturity: 52
These are the yellow scallop squashes. I grew them last year, but we didn’t get any successful fruit. The hail we get REALLY likes to destroy my zucchini and squash dreams so this year, I will be trying to get some sort of permanent hail protection going for the late spring/early summer when the worst of the storms hit.
Zucchini ‘Dark Green’
Days to Maturity: 52
Have I mentioned that I love Zucchini? I just wanted to try and get an earlier harvest, and a potential successional sowing a little later in the Spring.
If you have any ideas on (cheap/free) how I can protect my plants from the hail when I am at work and can’t run out and cover them with sheets and blankets? Once I come up with a plan, I’ll keep you updated on my hail protection.
(Just for my own future reference, I started these on May 1)