Squash Swap

Great Squash Swap

This is the second year that the Sunshine Coast Seed Collective has sponsored the distributing of free squash seeds into the community to help get people excited and educated about how to grow squash and save their seeds.   We identified at Seedy Saturday that there was a real need to help people understand  how to save squash seed so they can breed true.  One of the main focuses has been to teach people about the 3 species of squash (curcurbita moschata, curcurbita pepo and curcurbita maxima) .  The second aspect of this initiative is to get people exchanging the food they grow so we can become a collective, co-operating, sustainable food culture.  

Show us your SQUASH! Please email your squash photos (instead of selfies, lets post squashies) and stories, or questions to carlie.sanford@gmail.com with the title "Squash Project". We will post them to share with others, and answer questions. 

Squash Tips!

posted Oct 6, 2014, 3:00 PM by Carlie Sanford

I discovered my buttercup squash were rooting all along the vine.
 Curcubita Maximas tend to root at the leaf nodes, which makes for a more prolific plant.  So plant the c.maximas where they can take advantage of doing some extra rooting  for nourishing bigger and larger numbers of squash.    If you plant them and they trail onto a lawn, consider digging spaces under the leaf nodes  so that they can work  a small root into the soil.  

Squash Swap at the Fall Fair a Success!

posted Oct 6, 2014, 2:35 PM by Carlie Sanford   [ updated Oct 6, 2014, 2:37 PM ]

This Year at the the Fall Fair folks came out to swap the organic squash that they grew. Here are a few community members who cam out to share the bounty of their harvest this year! Thank you so much, and we hope to have such enthusiasm again next year. 

Rhonda's Squash!

posted Oct 1, 2014, 10:12 PM by Carlie Sanford

 This year on Oct 5th at the Roberts Creek hall folks are welcome to come by and exchange their organic homegrown squash. 
 Here is Rhonda with her amazing golden hubbard, a variety dating back to 1890 and a beautiful spaghetti squash.

Vera's Squash!

posted Sep 30, 2014, 8:43 PM by Carlie Sanford

Just look at these Beautiful squash! Nicely done Vera!

Diannes Mixed Squash

posted Aug 30, 2014, 7:23 PM by Carlie Sanford

This year Dianne's garden-compost sprouted a whole bunch of squash and melons. It's hard to pull them out when they look so big and interesting, but they do take up a lot of space. 
As you may be aware, squash from your compost are a bit of a gamble since you do not not if the seeds were mixed with another squash of the same family. There is a good chance they may end up being inedible if that is the case as squash often down breed (regress to less favourable qualities when cross bred)…. 
In this case, Dianne ended up with this strange looking fellow… mostly somewhat pumpkin like until you look at its bottom!
She also ended up with some mysterious melons, and some fabulous looking pumpkins. 

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