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Winter Squash and Pumpkins: Cucurbita maxima, 'Gold Nugget'

Botanical name: Cucurbita maxima, 'Gold Nugget'

Common name: winter squash

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Soil: damp, neutral, loam
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Zones: 1a thru 11a
Care:
average
Lifespan:
annual
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description for "Winter Squash and Pumpkins: Cucurbita maxima, 'Gold Nugget'"

Cucurbita maxima 'Gold Nugget' is ideal for small gardens. This buttercup shaped squash has hard red-orange skin and sweet, fine-grained, dry, dark yellow/orange flesh. 'Gold Nugget' was an All America Selections winner in 1966. Extremely productive and a good keeper. Sow 2-3 seeds every 3-4 feet in rows 3-6 feet apart when danger of frost has passed. Thin to one plant. Can be sown indoors, 2-4 weeks before the last frost, and transplanted very carefully. Enrich soil heavily with mature compost. Pick before frost when stem cracks and skin hardens. Planting depth: 1 inch. Days to germination: 7-10 days. 75-95 days to maturity.

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