Appalachia Gardening

Deputizing Sow True Seed Squash Reporters @ Large

Sow true seed sponsors squash test

As I told you a few weeks ago, Sow True Seed has once again signed on to sponsor the Blind Pig & the Acorn Garden. I LOVE their seeds so I couldn’t be happier!

Some of you may remember, last summer Sow True Seed also donated enough bean seeds for me to deputize Blind Pig & the Acorn @ Large Bean Reporters. This year Sow True Seed has graciously donated extra squash seed so that I can deputize @ Large Squash Reporters. Neat uh?

Think you’d like to be an @ Large Squash Reporter? Well let me tell you about the squash varieties.

Sow True Seed summer squash


  • Summer Squash Early Summer Crookneck
  • Winter Squash Cushaw Green Striped
  • Winter Squash Greek Sweet Red
  • Winter Squash Pink Jumbo Banana

Sow true seed squash


  • Summer Squash Cocozelle Zucchini
  • Pumpkin Winter Luxury
  • Winter Squash Thelma Sanders Sweet Potato
  • Summer Squash Black Beauty

Sow true seed squash varieties


  • Squash Winter Improved True Green Hubbard
  • Winter Squash Table Queen Blush Acorn
  • Winter Squash Seminole Pumpkin

Wow-now that’s a lot of squash! I guess by now you’re wondering exactly what does being a Blind Pig & the Acorn Squash Reporter @ Large mean. Sow True Seed is always looking for feedback about their seeds. You know things like plant growth, production, and most of all taste.

To be an @ large reporter you simply need to plant the squash seeds and see how they turn out-and of course report back to me so I can share your findings with Sow True Seed. If you can snap a few photos along the way-that would be fantastic too.

If you’d like to be deputized as an @ large squash reporter. Email me your name, your address, and your top 3 choices of squash from the varieties above and I’ll send you some seeds! Email me at: [email protected] *This reporting @ large project has closed, but be on the lookout for the next one!


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  • Reply
    b. Ruth
    February 20, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I see some squash seeds that I have never grown. So many, and hard to choose. I would like to try that Thelma Sanders Sweet Potato winter squash, after reading about it. We love baked winter squash and that one looks like it is not too big for eatin’. It is cute as a “punkin” too! LOL
    I might just try the Cushaw Green Striped listed also. My friend that used to bring me a cushaw, in turn for a pie, is no longer living near here! It is very hard to find a true cushaw that has not mixed with another cucurbit from saved seeds someone gives you! LOL You always pretty much know when you taste it.
    I love zucchini as well, and might try the Cocozelle. We have grown the Black Beauty before and like it too!The little crookneck is a favorite in our garden every year. I could eat a jar of pickled yellow squash and onions right this minute! yummmmo!
    Good luck with your seed project this year…Count us in! Eventhough we are cutting down on the size of our garden this year. Mainly staying with the raised beds that will easy for us to maintain. (I hope!)
    Thanks Tipper, will get you an e-mail in the mail…duh!, did I say that!
    PS…That winter squash Banana Pink Jumbo also sound interesting. Sounds and looks like some tropical fruit from Kenya! LOL

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    Ken Roper
    February 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I’m amazed at all the different types
    of Squash you show. All I ever grow is
    the Patty Pan and Yellow Crook Necks.
    Seems like I get tired of ’em real
    quick and they’re not a favorite of
    mine, kinda like Mayonaise.
    But Sow True Seeds is a blessing to
    our Community and I’m glad they’re
    there, supplying our needs…Ken

  • Reply
    February 20, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Tamela-I think the varieties would do well in other areas. I think any of the summer squashes would be good for you to try. If you click on the squash name-you can jump over to the Sow True Seed website and see the information about planting times, growth, etc for each variety.
    Let me know if you do indeed want to participate and Ill be happy to send
    you some seeds!
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    of Appalachia

  • Reply
    February 20, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I’d like to see how some of these seeds grow in Central Texas; However, the winter varieties should probably wait to be planted next October! Do any of these seeds have zone recommendations planting/growing date recommendations? Are they meant only for your area?

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    Marc Kruger
    February 20, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Tipper, in one of your past postings you talked about Sow True Seed. I went onto their web site and ordered a catalogue. As many of the seeds they offer are the same as what I have purchased from other companies in the past, I am getting a list together of seeds that I will be ordering for this year’s garden from Sow True. Thank you for alerting me of this company.

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    Mary Lou McKillip
    February 20, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Tipper. I bought a cushaw in Tennessee and paid three dollars for it. Mother raised them and I saved the seeds and had a bumper crop. Brother sold them and got ninety dollars selling them at a local fruits/veg stand.I make some good pies, to me are better than pumpkin and sometime I put a meringue on them. I canned them for later pies. I bought some canned ones to Missouri and made a pie and took to the neighbor and they had a fit about the pie. I sent her some seeds later and she had a bumper crop in Missouri in 2013.She canned them and gave to neighbor (I make the pies like I would a pumpkin pie). I really would suggest the winter stripped cushaw.

  • Reply
    February 20, 2014 at 9:32 am

    It’s marvelous that you have such a great relationship with Sow True Seeds. We also love their seeds and were introduced through you, so thank you! I enjoyed participating in the bean projects and would love to be an At Large Squash Reporter if you’ll have me. Email coming:)

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    February 20, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I would love to try raising some cushaws, but the deer would just eat them like they do everything else. There must not be a cushaw grower in the state of KY. After I hit all the farmer’s markets looking for one last fall, I even placed a “wanted to buy” ad in the paper and didn’t get any response.
    During my search for cushaws, I bought my first Hubbard Squash. It had red veins covering the outer shell, making it eerie looking and really popular at Halloween.

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    Tommy Lee Stokes
    February 20, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Sow True Seed is an awesome company, doing wonderful things and I use them exclusively — except for my tomato transplants, which I get from Appalachian Seeds. Of the varieties listed above, I have only grown Thelma Sanders Sweet Potato and it most definitely earned it’s place as a regular in all of my future gardens. It is astoundingly productive, virtually immune to diseases and pests and handled last year’s super abundance of rain in stride. I will say that the vines seemed to have infinite growth; they just wouldn’t stop getting longer and ended up going into the yard where they would run into the lawn mower. As far as taste is concerned, I thought they were delicious and perfect as a side to a meal. They are not as sweet as a butternut squash, but overall I actually like them better. The only “negative” thing I would say about them is that they don’t keep very well in storage, compared to other winter squash varieties. I would definitely bake and freeze them for long-term storage. Good luck in this year’s garden and I look forward to seeing the results!

  • Reply
    February 20, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Tom-thats the best thing about Sow True Seed they can promise no GMO : ) Send me your address and Ill make sure you get some seeds!
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    Fes Haggen
    February 20, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Golly Bill Miss Tipper, I would shore be proud to be one of yore squarsh deputies. Me and old Ruth has been hankering to do some plaintin. Well she’ll do the plowing and I’ll do the plaintin. I ain’t much fer them winter squarsh put I can put down some of the yaller and green summer kind.

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    Miss Cindy
    February 20, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Those sound wonderful, Tipper. It makes me wish I gardened. Sow True are such good people. There whole focus is restore the availability of the old time seeds, like my grandmother used. That means we get to eat real food!
    A big thanks to Sow True for all you do to preserve real food!

  • Reply
    Sheryl Paul
    February 20, 2014 at 7:56 am

    This is awesome, I am ‘rooting’ (pun intended) for you to have a wonderful productive garden this year!

  • Reply
    February 20, 2014 at 7:27 am

    What a great way to get interested in growing squash. I don’t think I realized how many different kinds of squash there are. I am a very minor grower – just a couple tomato plants and two bell pepper plants. However, I look forward to pictures and news about these seeds. I hope I hear about Greek Sweet Red. The name intrigues me. May the Gods be kind to our farmers.

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    Tom Ball
    February 20, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Anything as long as it’s organic and not GMO.

  • Reply
    February 20, 2014 at 6:02 am

    Kid:candy shop! I’ll be perusing all these seeds and applying for a position as one of your Large Squash Reporters (and Tipper, since I’m quite large myself, I could be a Large Large Squash Reporter…bonus!) 🙂

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