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Harvest failure is always a possibility when you garden. Many of you have been following along with my adventure with the Gete okosomin squash seeds I received last year in South Dakota! I was given 9 of these ancient heirloom seeds with the hopes of growing a small harvest and be able to share seeds with my readers.Gete-okosomin

Knowing our home was on the market and could sell at anytime I only planted four of the nine seeds I was given.Vermont real estate Of the four seeds only three sprouted and did extremely well at first.Gete-okosomin Unfortunately we had several things going against us this year. Our garden was overrun with chipmunks and voles. The voles were especially destructive chewing off numerous plant stems and digging tunnels everywhere.voles We also experienced a drought this summer. While normally this isn’t a problem as we have a deep well and plenty of water to keep the garden well irrigated. However we had a granddaughter arriving in August, at the height of the growing season. When I left for Seattle the garden was doing well, it was also used to getting well watered each day. During the two weeks we were gone the garden was not watered and it suffered. When I returned home there was only one squash plant alive and even that was suffering. Insects had burrowed into the stem which limited the amount of water going to the growing squash. One of the growing squash  also was suffering from some sort of end rot.Gete okosominI have never had such a dismal harvest before. Usually when I grow winter squash or pumpkins I have more than enough. Not this year. I was only able to harvest two small squash plants.Gete okosomin, harvest failure Certainly there are not enough seeds to supply the hundreds of people that have written me requesting seeds.gete okosomin

However I now have about 100 viable seeds which I am willing to share. I plan to contact the folks that wrote me first and work my way down the list sharing the seeds I have. Hopefully next year I will have a better crop and will have more seeds to share.

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In gardening you are never guaranteed a harvest. Perhaps next year these seeds will be available commercially by another grower. If not I do plan to try again and may have some seeds to share next fall. Hopefully my next harvest will produce mature squash with plenty of seeds and I will not experience a crop failure again.

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9 comments on “Harvest Failure: Gete Okosomin

Daisy Debs on October 19, 2016 1:54 pm

Oh ! Bless you ! Never mind..make sure you save some of these seeds for yourself to try again next season .
.. how was the taste ?
I think its been such an interesting thing to have done and I,ve enjoyed following this veg garden adventure with you . Veg gardeners never give up ! I,m sure next year you will have a bumper harvest …SO …..please put my name down on next years waiting list Nancy ! 🙂

Nancy Wolff on October 19, 2016 3:48 pm

Daisy,
Very good taste, not sweet more of a nutty flavor. Made some delicious soup! Your on the list for future seeds Daisy!

Daisy Debs on October 20, 2016 7:08 am

Thankyou Nancy ..I’m preparing a new veg bed specially for it ! : )

Patrick Teague on October 19, 2016 1:58 pm

Like you, I am disappointed you had such a series of gardening setbacks pioneering your Gete Okosomin plants. God bless your efforts, and grant you more success next year. I will continue to closely follow your efforts. The EXCITEMENT is still there, and the HOPE for success keeps us gardening.

Nancy Wolff on October 19, 2016 3:48 pm

Patrick,
So true! I love grading with both the successes and failures! Stay tuned!

autumn on October 20, 2016 4:16 pm

Love the idea of sharing rare seeds and your generous heart! The thing I love about gardening is…spring will come again! I had a bad year as well but I am looking forward to next year!

Nancy Wolff on October 20, 2016 9:21 pm

Autumn,
You are so right, next year we get to start all over again! No matter what the gardening season was like the previous year I always get excited when it’s time to start my seedlings again! 🙂

Tom Johnson on November 3, 2016 10:36 pm

Saw your post regarding preservation of your Gete seeds. Thanks again for sharing. Two squash are better than none – maybe the voles and chipmunks will take a vacation next season! I appreciate your willingness to share seeds, despite the low squash yield. If you don’t get to me, I understand – If not this year, maybe next. Have a wonderful holiday season! Tom

Nancy Wolff on November 4, 2016 12:51 am

Tom,
I’m hoping to start contacting folks this weekend, not sure where you fall on the list but if not this year next!

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