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Orange Smoothie

Pumpkin Orange Smoothie
Children will be infatuated with ‘Orange Smoothie’ pumpkins. The dark orange, smooth skin is ideal for painting Halloween faces. The size is desirable for young hands, weighing 5 to 8 pounds with a strong, long handle. ‘Orange Smoothie’ pumpkins will mature early, in about 90 days from sowing seed. Another benefit is the semi-determinate habit requiring less space in the garden. Easy-to-grow from seed or started plants, ‘Orange Smoothie’ is an all-around great pumpkin for carving, painting, decorating and even the meat is sweet for homemade pumpkin pie.
 

Sorcerer

Pumpkin Sorcerer
‘Sorcerer’ is a full sized pumpkin, weighing 15 to 22 pounds but produced on a compact vine reaching only 10 feet. The dark orange pumpkins are a deep round shape sporting strong, long handles. ‘Sorcerer’ pumpkins will mature in about 100 days from sowing seed. Good crown set can be expected with overall high yielding plants. ‘Sorcerer’ can be grown using normal pumpkin culture. Pumpkins can be carved, painted or used for pie filling.

Winter Squash 

Winter Squash Cornell Bush Delicata
If you have never eaten a Delicata squash, this is the one to grow to eat. The orange flesh color indicates it is rich in Vitamin A. The sweet flesh is fine textured without coarse strings. Butter and brown sugar are optional when eating ‘Cornell’s Bush Delicata’ squash because it is so sweet. The squash have a long shelf life, meaning you can enjoy eating the squash into the winter months. About 100 days from sowing to harvest, the tolerance to powdery mildew will increase overall yield. The compact habit requires less garden space. The mature bush will send out 4 to 6 foot runners later in the season
Cucumber ‘Diva’

Cumcumber Diva
Sweet flavor and high yield describe the improved qualities of ‘Diva.’ The fruit will be sweet, non-bitter with a crisp texture when harvested at 4 to 5 inches. Normally seedless, a few seeds may grow if pollinated by other cuke plants. ‘Diva’ produces all female flowers and does not require pollen to set fruit. These traits result in high yields. Expect mature cukes in about 58 days from sowing seed in warm soil. Plants are resistant to scab and tolerant to powdery and downy mildews. ‘Diva’ is the only slicing cucumber you need to grow in your garden.

Basil ‘Magical Michael’ 

Basil Magical MichaelAn ornamental, edible sweet basil with a clearly refined plant size and shape, ‘Magical Michael’ plants are uniform and reliably 15 inches tall and 16-17 inches wide. This uniformity is rare in sweet basil plants. The lush aromatic, green leaves can be harvested within 30 days of transplanting and are rich in essential oils for cooking. Plants may flower when mature in about 80 to 90 days from seed. The small flowers are a curiosity since the calices are purple and corollas white. They are attractive for use as a garnish, adding color to any salad.

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