687: Squashes, Summer & Winter

A Chat with an Expert on  Bill McDorman  cross pollination  cucurbits  flowers  goldini  Melon  podcast  Podcast - Free  pollen  pollination  powdery mildew  pumpkin  Seeds  squash  Urban Farm  zucchini

687: Squashes, Summer & Winter.

A chat with an expert on seeds.


At least ten times a year we have a live Seed Saving Class with Bill McDorman, the former Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, Ketchum, Idaho. He got his start in the bio-regional seed movement while in college in 1979 when he helped start Garden City Seeds. In 1984, Bill started Seeds Trust/High Altitude Gardens, a mail order seed company he ran successfully until it sold in 2013. 

Come join us for the next live class, or catch up on our previous classes through our podcast episodes.  Either way you will expand your seed knowledge and gain new perspectives on your food system.

Register anytime for the next event.
Register Here for the Monthly Seed Saving Class with Live Q&A

In This Seed Chat:

This is the June 2022 class discussing squashes.  Help! How can we tell the difference between summer and winter squashes and why is it important? What are the challenges with cross-pollination and why don’t the three different species of squash cross? And what are they? What are the pitfalls of planting and planning for harvest? So many questions and so many answers can be found on Seed Chat with Greg and Bill.



Returning to diversity

– Defining summer and winter squashes

– Avoiding cross pollination

– Tying off or taping the pollen-receiving flowers

Goldini Zucchini at Open Source Seed Initiative

– Understanding the species of cucurbits

– Eating unpollinated veggies?

– Keeping deer out, pollinators in

– Starting seeds indoors and transplanting to the garden

– Foliar spraying to avoid powdery mildew

– Finding mildew resistant varieties

Foliar feeding, available at the Urban Farm  

– Looking for variety in melons

– Explaining foliar fertilizers

– Podcast Episode 684: Foliar Feeding in the Garden




Some of the links in our podcast show notes and blog posts are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase, we will earn a nominal commission at no cost to you. We offer links to items recommended by our podcast guests and guest writers as a service to our audience and these items are not selected because of the commission we receive from your purchases. We know the decision is yours, and whether you decide to buy something is completely up to you. 

The post 687: Squashes, Summer & Winter appeared first on The Urban Farm.

Source: UrbanFarmU | Urban Farming at it’s Finest RSS Feed
Link: 687: Squashes, Summer & Winter