Squash Turks Turban ( Winter)

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If you’re looking for a confusing plant, Turk’s Turban squash is it. Also called “Turk’s Turban Gourd”, the fruit of this winter squash looks like it came from somewhere in outer space. Secondly, it goes by several names. As a member of the Cucurbita family, Turk’s Turban is related to pumpkins, squash, and gourds. So, it’s no wonder pumpkin growers call it a pumpkin, gourd lovers consider it an ornamental gourd, and squash growers commonly refer to it as winter squash. Therefore, we will leave it to you to decide where this festive vegetable (actually, it is a fruit) should be categorized.
Turk’s Turban is perfect for decorating in fall displays. They look great among pumpkins and gourds. Certainly, its alien appearance makes for a great conversation piece.
Turk’s Turban fruit colors vary and are brightly colored. The bottom half is usually a solid color in shades of dark orange to reddish-orange. The top is generally beige with streaks of reddish-orange and dark green. Fruits grow to about 12 inches in diameter and average about 5 pounds.
You can use Turk’s Turban in any of your favorite squash recipes. It is good roasted, baked, steamed, in soups, or on the grill.  
Origin:  Turk’s Turban is an Heirloom. It has been around since at least the 1820s. While it may look like it comes from outer space, tasty Turk’s Turban actually originated on good old planet Earth. It is native to Central and North America.
Other Names: Mexican Hat, French Turban, Turk’s Cap, Turk’s Turban (a common misspelling)
Don’t Get Confused: Turk’s Turban is also the name of Clerodendrum Indicum, a flowering plant. They are not related

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    April to May under glass or Mid-May to June outdoors.
    Where to Sow
    Sow seed on edge 1.5cm (1/2"") deep to prevent rotting in pots or trays during April to May 2.5cm (1"") apart under glass at 20°C (68°F) using good quality seed sowing compost. Sow outdoors mid-May to June direct into growing site 1.5cm (1/2"") deep 2 to 3 seeds in each position 90-100cm (36-40") apart.
    What to do next
    Greenhouse sowings should be gradually hardened off once they have developed the first pair of rough leaves and transplanted to growing site in late-May to early-June 90-100cm (36-40"") apart once all risk of frost has past. Outdoor sowings should be thinned to one plant per station.
    September to October