Thelma Sanders Winter Squash

Cucurbita pepo

$4.75

25 seeds
Certified Organic
90 days. We first grew Thelma Sanders in 2008 and boy were we blown away. We were looking for a vigorous and great tasting winter squash with consistent ripening and this one fit the bill! An heirloom originally from Missouri, it was saved by squash seed collectors Sue and Tom Knoche of Sardinia, Ohio. Squash are tan and flesh is light and creamy with a distinctive, sweet taste of autumn. A real treat when baked and buttered (Aunt Linda can't get enough of this squash!). Also makes great squash soup. We were pleasantly surprised to discover that Thelma Sanders is sweet and delicious when eaten as an immature (summer) squash as well. Dense vining plants make a good ground cover for weed control. Fruit stores until February under good storage conditions. MH

Winter squashes are grown during the summer but can be stored during the winter. Thelma Sanders is a vining squash so allow plenty of space for them to grow. Direct sow seeds outdoors (1/2-1” deep) around June 1st (space 4’ apart). Days to germination: 4-10. As with all cucurbits, squash plants do not like their roots disturbed during transplanting so if you are starting seeds indoors, use biodegradable pots. Start seeds indoors May 1st – ideal temperature for germination is 85°- 95° (use heating mat). Squash seedlings are sensitive to damping off fungus so keep germinating seeds on the drier side and use a fan (set to low) to provide air circulation. Once 2 leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Do not let plants become potbound. Transplant (pot and all) outdoors aroundJune 1st, spaced 4’ apart. Squash like soil with a lot of organic matter so add compost and/or decomposed manure to soil prior to planting. Protect seedlings from cucumber beetles and squash bugs by covering seeds/seedlings with row cover fabric at planting and leave it on until plants are flowering. Protect squash plants from deer and groundhogs.