Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Squash it to me

As this week is projected to be a wet one, I thought on Sunday that I should get some harvesting done. I went out and pulled up all the bean plants. I plucked all the beans from them and we'll go through and shell the ones that can be shelled and cook up the rest.

Winter squash from the garden: potimarron (red/orange) and patidou (yellow and green). Click to cucurbitacate.

I also picked the winter squash before it had a chance to rot on the muddy ground. It's not a big harvest, but there's enough to keep us going for a while. I left the two butternut squashes out there because they didn't look quite ready for picking yet. I'll keep my eye on them.

One of two butternut squashes still in the garden.

All of these squashes came from seeds that were saved (by us or a neighbor) and not from seed packets. The only real surprise is that the patidou (similar to acorn squash) reverted to prior forms. One plant gave us the oblong yellow squash and another gave us the dark green pumpkin-shaped fruit. The original squash looked exactly like a cross between these two, so it kind of follows.

The three dark green squash came from two plants. The two yellow squash came from one plant. Each of the potimarrons came from its own plant, and the two butternuts (not shown) come from two plants. I don't know why each plant produced only one or two fruit this year; that hasn't been my prior experience. It has been a funny year in the garden.


  1. the first pix is a real harvest basket; a work of art, a centerpiece.

    ooooh, and hens-n-chicks on the table also!

  2. Just stumbled across your blog, what gorgeous pumpkins and squashes, my favourite thing this time of year, great photo

  3. Wow, that is interesting about the shapes of the patidou! Love the squash photo :)

  4. Yesterday I also brought in my pumpkins and butternuts, too scared of the cold spell predicted for this weekend!! Take care Diane

  5. Squashes hybridise like mad things so you can get some funny-looking ones if you save the seed. But you can be sure they will all taste good! We got a cross between a squash and a courgette once, which was particularly tasty, but we could never repeat it in the years that followed...

  6. My dad was a seed saver. I love the results of your 2012 garden.

  7. You've made a very attractive and colorful display of your squash harvest, Walt. Nicely grown and photographed! I will be anxious to see what you two do with them in the kitchen.
    I eat mine pretty plain, just with butter and some pepper; but then I just love the true taste of the vegetable.

  8. Here's a link to a post with pictures about the patidou squash that provided the seed for part of this year's crop.

  9. that first photo is VERY "homes and gardens"

  10. Walt... as t'wife says... they hybridize like mad. As for the size of them... grow them in the compost... they are very hungry plants. I make us a plastic covered "maggot" of all the mowings and plant through the plastic. Once they get their feet in... they go berzerk!!

  11. annemarie, we have hens and chix everywhere!

    nadege, merci!

    ronnie, thanks for stopping by!

    judy, I think squash are beautiful, especially when you can eat them!

    diane, yes, I know what you mean. But we haven't had a frost scare yet up here.

    pollygarter, I'll have to save some of these seeds and see what happens!

    evelyn, I should do it more.

    mary, I like them that way, too, but also made into breads and pies.

    john, we try to be very homes and gardens around here. Not. ;)

    tim, good idea!

  12. The top photo is perfect for the Halloween holiday (even if they are squash)!


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