Archive | October 2016

Is Your Argonaut Green?

I just picked an Argonaut squash about 24″ long weight about 10 + lbs. but was dark green in surface color. Ran all the photo’s I could find of those that I had planted.

Does this variety remain green and then change to Orange when it becomes ripe or ready to pick -today is 10/27/2016-L.I.,N.Y.

(See Carrolle’s question here )


Hi Carrolle,

Thank you for the email regarding your Argonaut Butternut Squash.  Sounds
like you have grown a typical Argonaut!  It never ceases to amazing me as to
how large the fruits can get.

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Argonaut is a little bit different from other butternuts in that it starts
out green and turns to gold (other butternuts start out buff and turn tan).
It will turn when it is ripe — usually about 125-140 days after planting or
transplanting is when you will see it start to color up.

If your growing season is not long enough to allow the fruit to mature, it
may be possible to use it green.  The closer it is to ripening, the easier
it will be to use.  Many people use green squash and pumpkins as a
substitute in zucchini and apple dishes or in dishes that call for marrow or
courgette squashes.  The only thing would be that you need to use the squash
up fast because unripe squashes don’t have a long shelf life.



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Four Ways to Invite Pollinators to Your Edible Garden

Invite Pollinators for Dinner
Pollinators are critical to a bountiful fruit and vegetable harvest.
Year of the Delphinium
Register your pollinator garden HERE!
As winter thaws and the spring gardening season begins, the National Pollinator Garden Network has an important message for those about to plant vegetables, fruiting shrubs and trees, and other types of edibles: Pollinators are critical to the success of your harvest.

From the zucchini patch to the apple orchard, honeybees, butterflies, bumblebees and other pollinators visit flowers in the search for food. While doing so they also transfer pollen from flower to flower and plant to plant. Without this process, chances of setting fruit are low to nil for many species in today’s edibles garden.

Pollinators are the workhorses of not just home gardens and landscapes, but also the millions of acres of farms in the U.S. They are responsible for one in every three bites of food Americans eat each day. For those who grow their own food, that number could be even larger during the growing season. The key to a bountiful harvest is encouraging the many species of pollinators to visit the garden, and to visit often.

Attracting Pollinators to the Edibles Garden
Attracting pollinators to the edibles garden requires deliberate actions on the part of the gardener. Here are a few suggestions for increasing the chances they’ll make a stop—and keep visiting throughout the season:

1. Plant flowers near edibles. With a few exceptions, vegetable plants don’t have the bright and showy flowers that pull in passing pollinators. Native flowering perennials and shrubs will be familiar and attractive to local pollinators. Annual flowers such as marigolds, zinnias and sunflowers are also pollinator favorites. Check with your local garden center for suggestions for the best pollinator-attracting plants for your area.
2. Plant in groups. Choose one type of flower and plant them in a group covering 10 sq. ft. or more, increasing the chances pollinators will see them and drop in for a visit.
3. Find the best location. Make the flower plantings suitable for pollinators by situating them in a sunny place with minimal disturbance from wind and foot traffic.
4. Provide shelter. Encourage pollinators to live nearby so they visit often. Beehives are just one option. Many pollinator species create tunnels and nests underground or in trees. Leave a patch of bare ground for pollinators to dig nests, and provide a wood block drilled with small holes for those tunneling insects.

Register your pollinator garden HERE!
The Pollinator Challenge 

The National Pollinator Garden Network has created the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge which encourages Americans to plant and register 1 million pollinator gardens by the end of 2016. From window boxes to expansive landscapes, community plots to patio tomatoes, every garden that is planted with pollinators in mind gives honeybees, butterflies, bumblebees and others a chance to thrive.

The National Pollinator Garden Network is led by the national gardening and habitat organizations American Public Gardens Association,, National Wildlife Federation and Pollinator Partnership and is joined by the horticulture industry organizations AmericanHort, American Seed Trade Association, Home Garden Seed Association and National Garden Bureau with significant support from network partner GrowIt! mobile. These organizations believe that helping our nation’s pollinator species survive and build their populations and contribute to our food system is a responsibility all Americans share. The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge has three simple steps for gardeners:

  1. Plant for pollinators
  2. Register your garden
  3. Keep the challenge growing

Join the cause at