C. pepo L convar. Giromanti, (Pre 1930's USA) Ribbed Medium Blue, Very like its modern nemesis 'Crown Prince' this is a Pre 1932 USA variety that originally hails from Australia (hence the name?), fruits are medium-sized (8 to 10 pnds), with a roundish convoluted shape. Dark blue-green ribbed rind with flesh that is meaty, semi-sweet, brilliant orange, & moist with a good flavour. Striking grey foliage. Late to mature, long Winter shelf life. 110-120 days, Keeps well thru winter, Seed Count Approx - 6 avg
SOWING - Squash will not germinate in cold soil & needs a warm spot, well-drained & fertile soil with plenty of composted organic matter to conserve moisture;. Planting should be delayed until the soil has warmed (can be started in a greenhouse from mid-March onward, plant out the end of Mayish), Sow directly insitu after the threat of frost has passed. Sow one inch deep in hills or rows spaced 24 to 36 in apart, Harvest just before frosts when the stems dry & turn brown.