New England

November, 2012
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Delicata Winter Squash
The winter squash growing season may be past, but winter squash eating season is in full swing. If you've never tried 'Delicata' squash, sample one from the grocery store or farmers' market. When you taste its delicious, sweet orange flesh, I'll bet you'll want to add it to your garden next summer. The 7-9 inch long, 1 to 1 1/2 pound, cylindrical squash has a beautiful cream-colored rind striped with green that is thin and tender enough to be eaten along with the tasty flesh. Each squash is the perfect size to feed a family of two to four, is delicious baked or sauteed, and is loaded with healthful beta-carotene. A bush variety of Delicata, which was developed by Cornell University and was a 2002 All-America Selections winner, is available for those with limited garden space. Delicata squash doesn't need to be cured before you enjoy its rich taste. It will last in cool, dry storage for several months. Mail-order seed sources include www.highmowingseeds.com, www.johnnyseeds.com, and for the bush variety, www.burpee.com.

Shows & Events

Pruning Fundamentals Workshop
Are you struck with uncertainly over what to cut when you pick up a pair of pruners? Proper pruning helps improve the health, structure, and landscape appeal of trees and shrubs. Learn the correct techniques for pruning established plantings in the home landscape at a hands-on workshop offered by the New England Wildflower Society on November 10, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Garden of the Woods in Framingham, MA. Find out how to select basic tools, make a proper cut, determine which branches to cut, and know the correct time to prune for different species. Bring hand pruners to try various cuts at a local site nearby. The fee is $40 for members; $48 for non-members. For more information and to register on-line, go to http://www.newfs.org/learn/catalog/hor3120 or call (508) 877-7630.

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