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.
Knowing our home was on the market and could sell at anytime I only planted four of the nine seeds I was given. Of the four seeds only three sprouted and did extremely well at first. 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. 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.I 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. Certainly there are not enough seeds to supply the hundreds of people that have written me requesting seeds.
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.
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.