anything new for 2012?
After a very disappointing squash/pumpkin season last year, I'm cutting down considerably on the number of varieties for this year. As much as I love heirlooms, I'm also trying more hybrids this year. I was very impressed with Avalon butternut and would like to try out a couple other hybrids. My main crop butternuts tho' will be the Tahitians. A new spaghetti squash will be Stripetti, and a new delicata will be Honey Boat. Speckled Pup, bat wing acorn, and Orange Cutie will be added. I'll still have over a dozen weird heirlooms, but nothing like the past two years.
The demand for regular pumpkins has me trying Camaro, Corvette, and Mustang. Knuckleheads, Goosebumps, and Cinderellas will also increase. Smaller-sized pumpkins will remain the same.
I'll plant about the same amount of gourds as last year as I've still got about 8 bushels left over from 2 years ago. I liked the Daisy series but was unimpressed with the winged gourds.