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Old December 12, 2019   #16
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The scarchuck's is listed at Glenn Drons site. So is GSR bt not available for 2019.



Betty, I would like to try a few of the GSR seeds if you want, but a question. Is the flesh a yellow or an orange color? Either way, my email is suzy**in**wf**at**gmail.com
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Old December 12, 2019   #17
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I posted my email in the main forum. If people are uncomfortable doing the same, and would like to contact each other, you can first email me and I can email the corresponding email addresses. I'm not online every day, so you will need a bit of patience.
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Old December 12, 2019   #18
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Betty, I don't have consistently good results when starting melons and squash in situ, so I only attempt when seeds are plentiful and cheap. The majority of the time I start in the largest round Jiffy peat pots to gain a little heads up as my season is somewhat short.
My transplants were virtually obliterated by a freak hail storm in the middle of the night last May. I had just planted out tomatoes in the backyard the day prior to losing all of them. Some still in the pot grew back if there was at least one truss. Without a growing tip it stayed a stub. Cucumber and squash were particularly fragile.
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Is 6" round and 5" deep the largest Jiffy peat pot?


I use plastic pots about 12" round and 9" deep. They are filled with a mix (about 50/50) of soil and compost. I start seeds 3 weeks (up to no more than 4 weeks) before transplanting time. If the weather is good and growth is fast, they get transplanted at three weeks. If the growth is slow, then up to 4 weeks. Beyond 4 weeks the plants may start to get root bound, and can easily be damaged when transplanting.



Rather than dig a hole, I dig a furrow. I slide an almost sideways tilted pot off the plant. The pot is almost dragged across the furrow so the plant is as close to the soil as possible. It's all about zero to minimum root disturbance with squash and melons. I've never had a problem with transplants. 130-150 dtm squash (like Tahitian Melon Squash) have easily reached maturity in my garden.
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Old December 12, 2019   #19
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The scarchuck's is listed at Glenn Drons site. So is GSR bt not available for 2019.



Betty, I would like to try a few of the GSR seeds if you want, but a question. Is the flesh a yellow or an orange color? Either way, my email is suzy**in**wf**at**gmail.com

GSR should be deep orange. I've heard of some yellow fleshed ones, which may be crossed seed, or the wrong variety. Exterior color of squash can be quite variable, but I've never experienced interior color with much, if any, difference.
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Betty, would going through Tormato be o.k. with you on obtaining the seed?

Btw...Tormato is awesome!
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Upcountrygirl,



Email me, lest you be a "villian".
I'll likely be offline until about Monday
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Old December 12, 2019   #22
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Yay that we have a plan for increasing seed stock now. My area is very proactive on seed saving, and I took a hands on class on squash pollination but my skills are not developed. As I grow squash in a remote garden where I have full sun, I would not be able to mark the potential blossoms and run out and look at it every few hours. I look forward to reaping the" fruits " of your labor next year. Good luck with the grow out and thank you for sharing and taking on the project.

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upcountrygirl, going through Tormato is okay with me, I have sent him my email but I don't know if he kept it. I wrote his email down, so who sends info first? Imp- I have not grown the Greek Sweet Red. Grew Red Kuri. I save the paper cups I get with a fast food meal and plant in them, not real wide, but are quite deep for squash. Have not had any problems either with transplanting.
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