Squash, Early White Bush

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Geography/History:
First documentation we can find is a reference 1835 in New York where scallop white bush is said to be envogue at the time and popular in the New York Markets.  Later it is mentioned by B.K. Bliss and son of New York in 1870.

Flying saucer shaped fruits look like they will soon spin right out of your garden. Kids love the look of these great little squashes and makes it easier to get them to eat them.  Scallop early white bush is born on productive bushes that bear all summer long if picked.  Easy to grow and unbothered by most insects.  Creamy, tasty texture makes these little squashes great for many dishes.

Nutritional Value:
Pattypan squash is low in saturated fat and sodium and contains no cholesterol. It provides an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. One cup of cooked pattypan squash provides 38 calories and 43 percent of your daily value of Vitamin C, 13 percent of your daily value of folate, and substantial amounts of vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium and Vitamin A. Additionally, one serving of pattypan squash provides 5g of fiber.

Sun:                              Full
Spacing:                      24″ – 36″
Height:                        24″ – 36”
Optimum Soil Ph:    5.6 to 7.5
Days To Maturity:    46
Sowing Method:       Outdoors

Planting/Growing Tips:
Heirloom summer squash are warm weather crops, as the name implies and the germination temperature verifies.  Only plant once the soil temperature warms to at least 70 degrees.  Mounding up small hills will create the right soil consistancy and allow the soil to warm quicker.  Mix in a shovelful of compost with handfulls of bone meal and wood ash to create the perfect soil environment for these heirloom seeds.

Plant 3-6 squash seeds per hill.  Once they have shown true leaves and grown in size, you should thin out to the 3 strongest plants.  Harvest these summer squash continually in order to keep the plant producing.

 

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