Appalachia Gardening

2014 Squash Reporters @ Large

Sow true seed sponsors squash test

Back in February, 16 Blind Pig readers volunteered to be deputized as Blind Pig & The Acorn Squash Reporters @ Large for Sow True Seed.

Sow True Seed is always looking for feedback about their seeds. You know things like plant growth, production, and most of how those home grown vegetables and fruits taste.

Each of the @ large reporters deputized will receive their preferred varieties of squash seeds by mail. Once the weather in their area allows-they will plant the squash seeds and see how the varieties turn out. Each participant will report back to me so I can share their findings with Sow True Seed and with you. Hopefully the @ large reporters can snap a few photos-so we can have a visual to go with their reports.

If you signed up to be a Blind Pig & The Acorn Squash Reporters @ Large-be on the lookout for your seeds. I mailed them on Thursday-March 27. You may notice some of the seeds were marked for 2013-that’s one of the reasons Sow True Seed was able to be so generous with their donations to the Blind Pig. I don’t think this will affect the outcome of the squash plants since I’ve had success with seeds older than that before! Nevertheless, there are ample amounts of seed to ensure sufficient germination. In addition, many of the seeds are marked for 2014.

Here in the mountains of Western North Carolina we’re still a ways away from planting squash-but I’m getting excited just thinking about it! And I can’t wait to learn more about the varieties grown by the @ large reporters.


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  • Reply
    Michele Langston
    March 31, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I got my seeds over the weekend! As soon as I can find someone to help me get the garden set up, I’ll get planting! 🙂

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    Julie Hughes
    March 31, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Here in Arizona they are in the ground!! I will keep you posted. Wish me luck. The 90 day to fruit period will be pushing it to beat the heat!!

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    Teresa Atkinson
    March 31, 2014 at 11:28 am

    mine came today !!!!!!!

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    March 31, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Barbara-I have heard that saying! But not in a long time. I think I’ll start saying it LOL : ) Have a great day!!
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    March 29, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    We usually start getting our seeds and annual vegetables in the ground right after April 1st, but with the weird repetitive Winter/Spring cycle weather we’ve been getting, we might wait a little longer before doing so this year. Not sure! But I am getting hungry for some home grown, home ripened tomatoes for sandwiches. Yum!!!
    God bless.

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    March 29, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Yippee! I am really looking forward to this 🙂

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    b. Ruth
    March 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Hey, it is now 2:59PM on Saturday March 29, 2014 and our squash seeds have arrived….
    Thank you very much,

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    b. Ruth
    March 29, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I am going to have to wait until April 20th until our last frost free date to plant our seeds…We usually wait until that date or a little later for tender plants as well. I can’t wait but guess I will have to. When the signs are right next month I will have to used the divination (counting lots)game to see where to plant what and in which raised bed…Here is an old Wexford county, Ireland counting rhyme;
    One-ery, two-ery dickery Davey, Hallabone, crackabone, tenery Navy; Discome, dandy merry-come-tine, Humbledy, bumbledy, twenty-nine, O_U-T, out. You must go out.
    The ones “out” go in the back garden the others go in the front gardens….LOL
    Thought I would use a countig rhyme we talked of yesterday!
    The rain is here today and we actually need it.
    Thanks Tippery, Oops, you’re not a rhyme or are you! LOL
    Looking for the seeds today!

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    March 29, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Have you heard this expression? Richer than bull manure. 🙂

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    March 29, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Happy squash success seed plantings to all! I await their news and where the seeds are located.

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike
    March 29, 2014 at 8:53 am

    WHAT FUN! Good luck to the GARDENING GANG! Wish I had signed up – but I would have had to plant the seeds in the flower garden of Eva!
    HOPE APRIL 17th is SUNNY and I see you at the JCCFolk School at 7:00!!!
    Eva Nell

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    Miss Cindy
    March 29, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Tip, I’m really looking forward to this year’s results. You have varieties of squash I’ve never heard of. I’m anxious to see the photo’s and hear how our people like them!
    I think one of the reasons squash used to be so popular is because they keep so long in a root cellar without any processing so they were an important food source.

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