PUMPKIN Blue Jarrahdale
Named for the town in Australia where it originated. It is a flattened, maxima type squash with blue skin and golden orange flesh. It is great for baking as well as for its decorative value. Fruits average 6 to 10 lbs. when mature. Approximately 105 days to maturity.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Seed directly into the garden in late spring after weather has warmed and all danger of frost has passed or start indoors in individual peat pots 2 to 3 weeks before setting out. Cover seed with 1/2 to 3/4 inch of fine soil well firmed down.
SPACING: Leave about 3 to 4 feet between hills and place 6 seeds in each hill.
THINNING AND TRANSPLANTING: When new plants are about 4 inches tall carefully thin or transplant to 3 healthiest plants per hill.
GERMINATION: Approximately one to two weeks depending upon weather and soil warmth. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Squash loves well drained soil in a sunny location. Avoid over-watering and continual use of high nitrogen fertilizers. Harvest before first frost, leaving part of the stem attached. Cure fruit for one week in a warm, dry spot. Store long term at 45 to 55 degrees.