The Cottage Gardener

The Cottage Gardener Online Catalogue

We have been providing rare and endangered heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers to gardeners and market growers since 1996. Our online catalogue has over 650 heirloom seed varieties available, in retail packet sizes and bulk amounts. We have one of the most diverse selections of Certified Organic seeds in Canada, and we add to this each year.



Squash, Summer

  1. A Description of Summer Squash

    History: There are three main species of squash that are grown in Canada. Most summer squash belong to the species Cucurbita pepo. Squash are native to the Americas and, along with corn and beans, were grown as "The Three Sisters" by First Nations people for thousands of years. Summer squash tend to have a bush-habit rather than long vines and are meant to be eaten fresh, as they do not store. The term "zucchini" is just another name for summer squash. Cultivation: Easy to grow. Seeds may be started indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost or direct-sown when temperatures and the soil have warmed. Sow seed 1-2" deep and thin to 3-4' apart. Companions: corn, beans. Nasturtiums and marigolds deter squash bugs and other pests and oregano helps overall growth.


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