Bennings Green Tint Squash is an heirloom, open-pollinated “patty pan” variety that is highly regarded as one of the best tasting summer squash varieties. Bushy plants reach 3-4′ in size and produce light green, scalloped fruits that are best harvested when 3-4″ in diameter. Bennings Green Tint Squash have a wonderful texture and flavor, and tend to be more nuttier than traditional crookneck summer squash or zucchini. Introduced in 1914, this variety has been a favorite of market gardeners and backyard farmers for many years. The tender, young fruits are great prepared raw or cooked.
Squash may be direct seeded or transplanted, although we highly recommend direct seeding. To ensure a good stand, we recommend planting squash seeds every 12″ along the intended row. Once plants emerge, thin plants to one every 2 feet. Squash can be susceptible to plant diseases like downy mildew and powdery mildew if leaves receive excess moisture. As a result, we recommend using drip irrigation on squash to reduce plant moisture and feed plants more effectively. During periods of heavy rainfall, using a fungicide like Liquid Copper can help to alleviate disease pressure as well.
Squash are a crop that will require multiple harvests throughout the growing season. Regardless of variety, squash will have better flavor and texture when harvested on the small end of the spectrum. We recommend harvesting every 2-3 days to ensure no fruits become too large and unpalatable. When squash plants cease production, remove the plants from the garden to prevent any fungal spores from overwintering and becoming a problem in future years. Proper crop rotation is extremely important with all squash varieties to reduce disease and pest pressure.
Bennings Green Tint Squash Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/2″
Seed Spacing: 18-24″
Row Spacing: 5-6′
Days to Maturity: 50