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9:00-10:00PM CT: Self-Reliant Living bySafe Harbor Alliance, hosted by Jim Phillips.

Carol Deppe, author of The Resilient Gardener

Squash: A Staple for All Seasons

To quote Carol, “Squash in the supermarkets and even those in the farmer’s markets are often not of the best varieties.  However, even the good early varieties are picked immature.  Then they are sold uncured.  Cucurbita maxima (the most common “winter squash”) varieties should have a full month of curing before going to market.  Farmers are not set up to do that, and customers don’t know that they should, and it isn’t worth the effort anyway if the squash isn’t full grown.  If we want prime winter squash, we must select premier gourmet varieties, then grow and cure them ourselves.”

Should the time come when eating or not eating, thriving or not surviving depends on what you and those around you grow, you need to know what Carol Deppe can teach you.  Not only is her depth of knowledge about squash amazing, but she is down right enthusiastic about this oft maligned “vegetable” (botanically they are actually a fruit).  If you learn to grow the squash varieties she talks about, harvest and prepare them the way she does, you’ll see why she is so dedicated to this vital everyday staple now as well as for a future when we must garden in order to eat.  
Carol Deppe is the embodiment of The Resilient Gardener. She has a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University, and has been experimenting with crops and gardening in Corvallis, Oregon since 1979.  She is a freelance plant breeder specializing in developing public-domain crops for Oregon growing conditions..