New Space-Saving Squash

By Charlie Nardozzi

Summer squash varieties come in many different shapes and colors, and some of the most unique are the patty pans. Often compared to flying saucers, these varieties combine the rich summer squash flavor with an interesting, other-worldly shape. But gardeners have needed a lot of room to grow these squashes because the plants typically grow quite large and aren't suited to a container or small-space gardening.

A new variety has a more diminutive growth habit. 'Balmoral' summer squash is a patty pan type that only grows 2 feet tall and wide -- perfect for container growing. The plant produces 6- to 8-inch-diameter scalloped, white fruits that form like Brussels sprouts along the main stem. The plant is compact, yet the mild-flavored fruits are produced in abundance.

For more information on 'Balmoral' patty pan summer squash, go to: Park Seed Company.

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