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Fast growing summer squash produces a big harvest in a short time. Grow winter squash for storage.
Heirloom. This early, prolific straightneck summer squash produces creamy yellow, tender fruit of excellent quality early in the season. Plants continue bearing if kept picked and cared for. It has a tapered, straight neck, not curved like Crookneck, making it perfect to slice into lengths for grilling. Tender straightneck squash is delicious sliced thin for fresh dips or cooked in any number of dishes. Plant in hills spaced three feet apart..
Heirloom. Surprise: This winter squash looks like spaghetti on the inside! Scoop out the lengths of mild, slightly sweet flesh and use it like spaghetti for low-cal dishes. The outside of the spaghetti squash begins white and changes to pale yellow when mature. Each plant yields an average of 4-5 fruits. After harvesting, the fruits will store for several weeks. Try growng on a fence or other vertical supports in small-space gardens.
Easy Pick Gold Zucchini
Savor old-fashioned zucchini flavor with an updated style: relatively compact plants with no leaf spines and gold-skinned fruit. These summertime favorites still offer a fast-growing, abundant crop that continues non-stop until frost. Try growing them in 20-inch or larger containers. The gold color makes it tougher for fruit to hide beneath green leaves, which means you'll have fewer baseball bat-sized zucchini. For best flavor, pick squash when they're 10 inches or shorter. Use the fruit like traditional green zucchini — in salads or casseroles, oven-roasted, stir-fried, stuffed, or fried.
Mexican Grey Zucchini
For a beautiful, delicious, easy-to-harvest zucchini, add Mexican Grey to your garden. Its lovely green fruit with grey speckles grows on an open plant habit, making harvest a breeze. No longer will your zucchini hide under foliage until it’s the size of a baseball bat! Plus, this highly productive hybrid zucchini offers excellent disease resistance, ensuring a high quality crop. Try this delicious zucchini roasted, sautéed, as a main feature for Meatless Mondays, or even as a pasta replacement! Resistant to Papaya Ring Spot Virus, Squash Leaf Curl Virus, Watermelon Mosaic Virus, Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus.
Heirloom. Easy to grow and fast to mature. This is our favorite summer squash, bearing many lemon-yellow, 6-inch fruit, with a slightly bent neck that earns it the name Crookneck. Plants are fast growing and very prolific. Harvest all summer long. Delicious steamed with nutmeg or fried in slices and sprinkled with parmesan cheese and crumbled bacon. Harvest while skins are soft. Keep plants picked so they keep producing.
Heirloom. This variety, Waltham Butternut, has a hard, yellow to tan exterior but delicious sweet, orange flesh inside. Exceptional quality, no stringiness. This long-lasting squash stores all winter. Try it steamed, boiled or baked. Extremely rich in vitamin A. This is the most common winter squash used to make the popular, creamy soup by the same name, and it is a popular baking squash. A 1970 All-America Selections winner.
Acorn Honey Bear Squash
A "winter squash" known for its sweet flavor and resistance to powdery mildew. Delicious when halved and baked with butter and maple syrup, or steamed. Outstanding source of fiber and vitamins C and B. Hard outer shell. Bright yellow to orange flesh inside.
Black Beauty Zucchini
Heirloom. A 1957 All-America Selections winner, this early and prolific heirloom variety has been exceedingly popular for its very dark green skin and creamy white flesh. You know what they say about zucchini, "plant it and stand back." The fast-growing plants are very easy to grow and will continue to produce abundantly through summer if kept picked. Use in soups, salads, and casseroles. Great sliced thin for dips, battered and fried, or in veggie lasagna. Freezes well. Harvest while skins are still tender; pick really small for "baby zucchini."