Early Summer Crookneck
BOTANICAL NAME Curcubita pepo
Planting and Growing Information
Sow seed 1 inch deep directly into garden, or in areas with short growing season, start indoors in small pots and transplant once the soil is warm and danger of frost has passed. Plant into prepared beds 18-24 inches apart; can also be planted in groups of three in hills. Can be grown in a large planter, or trellised to save space. Expect germination in 4 to 9 days.
Summer squash variety
Fruit grows to 8 in; best harvested when young
Yellow, bumpy skin; bulbous with a thin crooked neck, buttery creamy-yellow fle
Grows to 24 inches tall and spreads to 2 feet wide
Very easy to grow
Prolific and early fruit on vigorous, compact plants. Will produce all growing season. Excellent flavor, good for frying, soups, canning, and freezing. Blossoms are a delicacy.
Crookneck squash was grown by native Americans in the Northeast. Early Summer Crookneck is an open-pollinated heirloom variety that became commercially available in the 1920s.