Squash - Table Queen or Acorn Squash (Seeds)
Heirloom Vegetable. Introduced in 1913, Table Queen Squash is an early cropping variety producing acorn shaped fruits roughly 15 cm (6″) in diameter. The hard, dark green shell hides pale yellow, exceedingly sweet flesh whose taste rivals that of the sweet potato! Sow seed directly into the garden when soil temperatures exceed 30 C (86 F). Very warm soil temperatures increase germination speed and prevent seed rot. Some gardeners report success with seed sown indoors with bottom heat. Only transplant to the garden when soil temperatures are above 15 C (60 F). This squash is an excellent keeper!
How to Grow
10-12 seed/gram Squash are a hot weather crop. They need full sun and deep, rich, well drained, organic soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. Before planting, work in lots of compost. Directly plant seed outdoors from late May to mid June 2.5 cm (1″) deep in hills 2.4 m (8′) apart with 4-6 seeds per hill. After germination, thin to 3 plants per hill. Seed can be started indoors 3 weeks before the plant out date. Squash do not transplant well–use paper or fibre pots that can be set directly in the soil. Protect mature squash from frost and cold temperatures.