Yes, you're right! I forgot to mention that I'd heard butternuts were among
the hardier ones, but last year I only had seed for "Nicklow's Delight"
which was a new one for me, and it did very poorly and I didn't have enough
seed to re-plant it.
So this year I'm going back to some of my old stand-by butternut varieties,
but am still open to suggestions.
Ericka, Catnip Farm
--The Mighty Oak was once a little nut that held its ground.
>From: "Kimberly Stoner" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: "Ericka & Rich Dana" <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: Non-hollow stem vine crops (squash, melons)
>Date: Mon, Feb 14, 2000, 7:05 AM
> I believe that butternut winter squashes generally have solid stems. Their
> resistance to squash vine borers has been attributed to the solidity of
> their stems.
> Kim Stoner
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ericka & Rich Dana <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: sanet <email@example.com>; orGANicgrowing@egroups.com
> <orGANicgrowing@egroups.com>; Market Farming List
> Date: Sunday, February 13, 2000 8:04 PM
> Subject: FW: Non-hollow stem vine crops (squash, melons)
>>No response last time, so I'm trying again now that everyone is thinking
>>about what varieties of what to plant this season...
>>Ericka, Catnip Farm
>>Subject: Non-hollow stem vine crops (summer & winter squash, melons,
>>Date: Mon, Jan 31, 2000, 11:50 AM
>>I'm looking for more of these solid-stemmed vine crop varieties.
>>We just ended a BAD year of early heat, drought, and every kind of bug, and
>>kiew yokes (oriental bitter melon) made it through untouched, acorn
>>varieties and sugar pie pumpkins did fine, birdhouse gourds and
>>muskmelons/cantaloupe were OK, and everything else (5-12 varieties each of
>>summer squash, winter squash, melons & cucumbers mostly died, some we got
>>one or two weeks of harvest from, most none (and I protected, re-planted
>>over and over, nothing helped).
>>So I want to expand my list of "hardys" - got any suggestions? BTW, those
>>kiew yokes were AMAZING! I love them, but my husband thinks they're too
>>bitter - but then again, he can eat pickled red habaneros and I can't.
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