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, Winter

  1. A Description of Winter Squash

    History: Squash are native to the Americas and, along with corn and beans, were part of "The Three Sisters" grown by First Nations people for thousands of years. Winter squash are prized for their dense, sweet flesh and storage ability. They have always been popular with home gardeners and by the 1800's, there were hundreds of varieties available. Cultivation: Easy to grow. Squash are heat-lovers and are best started indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost, or direct sown when temperatures and the soil have fully warmed. Sow seed 1-2" deep. Transplant or thin out to 3-4' apart when night-time temperatures have warmed. Companions: corn, beans. Nasturtiums and marigolds deter squash bugs and other pests and oregano helps overall growth.


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