This mixture of ornamental squash includes easy-to-grow varieties of all sizes, forms, and textures in shades from cream to dark orange, medium to dark green. A colourful, creative assortment that will lend itself to the kind of beautiful dried autumn decorations.
CULTURAL PRACTICES: Squash are a warm-season crop that needs temperatures of 18 to 27⁰ C. You can start them indoors 3 to 4 weeks before transplanting. Transplant only when there no longer is a risk of frost. SOIL: Use a warm, fertile and well-drained soil. SPACING: Place each seed about 2.5 cm deep in hills that are 1.5 to 2 meters apart. Later thin to 2 or 3 of the best plants. GROWING TIPS: In cool areas, protect young plants with cloches or floating row covers. Add mulch after planting. Trailing types may be grown up on strong supports. Plants need plenty of water. To conserve moisture work organic matter into soil. Plant in full sun. HARVEST: Must be entirely ripe and the shell quite hard. DRYING: pick them when the stems turn brownish. Punch the end close to the stem with a long needle to let air inside; then hang for several months in a well-ventilated area. The seeds will rattle when the gourds are fully dry. Clean thoroughly with a strong disinfectant to remove any fungi or dirt. Let dry and apply polish.
marjoram, mint, corn, bean, rasish
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