The Summer of Squash

| 8/3/2010 1:32:19 PM

A photo of Shannon SaiaThis year is definitely going to go down in my records as the summer of squash, which is to say that I've had a spectacularly successful gardening season – squashwise. This may seem a little bit like saying that I've had fantastic luck growing dandelions ... I mean, squash, right? There's a reason people get sick of zucchini. But here we are in August – AUGUST! – and I am still harvesting squash. For the first time in three years, my squash plants were not destroyed by squash vine borers by the first week of July.


What did I do different this year? What expertise did I bring to bear?

You mean on purpose? You're kidding, right? This was more or less dumb luck. Maybe less.

I mean, I did a couple of things – both half-heartedly and by accident. I specifically did not plant Black Beauty Zuchinni, which I read after my second year's loss is particularly susceptible to vine borers. I went with the bush baby instead. I also planted scallop squash (that produced a few fruit and then died) and a bunch of different winter squash (that all started out strong and then fizzled out and died). But I think the important thing is not that I had so many squash plants but that they were in three distinct and separate parts of the garden. When I did have problems, the offending insects didn't get everybody.

For example, these critters. The Squash Bug.

10/21/2010 12:48:49 PM

If you let those squash ripen o the vine they turn out like a butternut. They also get like 3 ft long. Check out the path to feedom urban homestead, they grow that one like every year.

8/6/2010 11:45:31 AM

Shannon, Ooh, those squash bugs look icky! I'm trying zucchini for the first time this year, but I think I got it started too late. It's barely blossoming. And lots of folks in AK grow it, so I know it can be done. Live and learn...maybe there's still time! Maybe we'll be seeing some squash recipes from you down the road? Susan

Cindy Murphy
8/6/2010 7:21:20 AM

Hi, Shannon. I've never seen tromboncino squash before. I love their color; it's always a bonus when food looks pretty, as well as tastes good. I'm rolling my eyes at that, (as I'm sure you are too) but when I get "Eeww - that looks nasty" from the peanut gallery, it doesn't matter how good it tastes: if it looks nasty, obviously it tastes nasty. Like Vickie, this year I'm on the receiving end of squash - and we're getting plenty. It looks like all my volunteer vines (and I let way too many of them grow) are producing gourds. At least I think they're gourds - do you know how to tell the difference? I should probably do a two-minute Internet drill to find out. Perhaps I could be eating instead of waiting for Halloween to decorate with them. Glad for your squashly success story. Wishing you many more....success stories that is, since it seems you've had enough squash right now.

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