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Planting for a 4-Season Harvest, Part 7

Tender Crops in Last

CabbageThe most tender crops, pole beans and limas, go in last while pepper plants and eggplant are set out.

At the very last I sow winter squash --- not more tender, really than the summer types which won't, however, be harvested until fall.  The small varieties are better for the backyard garden than Blue Hubbard, while the dark-green, heart-shaped Quality now rates higher with me than Butternut.  It was even more vigorous growing in last summer's drought than Butternut, and far more prolific.  The average fruit weighed 5 to 6 pounds, only one weighed 10, and it was just as disease-resistant.  Quality's chief virgue, however, is the marvelous flavor of its fine-grained flesh.  It can be eaten immature, skin and all.  Buttercup also has good flavor, but in my experience is more susceptible to disease and insect attacks.  I also plant a few hills of Small Sugar pumpkin whose flesh is not stringy, and which are good both for decoration and for pies.  Read more....

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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