Squashed!

I’ve been trying my hand at growing some of a range of vegetables that have been fast gaining popularity,the squashes.

Squash are from the species Cucurbita and are mainly known as pumpkins,butternut or courgettes. Commonly large courgettes are mistaken for Vegetable marrows but they are technically a different plant.

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I’m growing a few Jack O’Lantern pumpkins for carving and hopefully eating,a few yellow courgettes and a singular butternut. I’m also trying a second attempt at a heritage variety, Cornell’s Bush Delicata.

From the top working down are the first early shots of the following: Two Jack O’Lanterns amongst the Sweetcorn, a small Delicata with three runner beans and two Jacks with a yellow courgette beneath a dual row of Runner Beans.

The Polytunnel contains,amongst other things, another yellow courgette, a Jack O’Lantern in a tub and a small Butternut. In fact, there is another squash but it has been so slow to start I can’t really identify if it is a butter nut or not. I’m not pinning much hope on it.

Anyway, the ones that are doing well are looking like we might have a store cupboard full by Autumn.

So far it’s only been courgettes but the pumpkins are producing small fruits and the Butternut is showing embryonic fruits on the female flower stems.

I’m sure from looking at the fruits from the courgettes that I have two different varieties. I’ll have to go back through my records to see if that’s the case. Either way, I’m getting lots of yellow courgettes.

 

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Been to the plot tonight.Yes, I said tonight.As I didn’t arrive before 7 pm that’s an evening session to me.Well, noticed the beans needed planting out.OK, they didn’t need it but I am itching to move on to part two of my experiment so planted out the saved seed beans. Strimmed more grass/weeds. I’m trying to keep some cover on the paths by just mowing back the weeds and grass. I’ll start taking my mower down soon as I’m beginning to see the weeds from my last visit coming back up!
I can only strim so much at a time as its a rechargeable and the charge doesn’t last longer than an hour. The line is lasting incredibly well though.
Had a couple of mini cauliflower heads last week but tonight I cut all but two of the remaining as they were almost going over. Cauliflower cheese and cauliflower everything for the next week I think!

Oh and I won’t mention the well meaning relative who tried to do some weeding whilst looking over the plot. I mean, asparagus looks like a weed really, doesn’t it?
Meanwhile, I see there has been an AGM and various committee positions deligated.I say delegated rather than chosen or won because I remember being a committee member once many years ago( we didn’t write on slate, no..)
and the usual suspects did everything then for the masses of ungrateful but beligerent members. I will say this one thing and no more.If you want something doing, do it yourself because complaining about something and not volunteering to help put it right is pointless. If you want to change things, sign up to the committee and I’m sure they’ll welcome you with open arms. Until then, the same small army of the unseen and unheard will continue to do all the hrd work in their own time and for free for the rest of us, without a word of thanks.
I’ll put it here.
Thank you all.
As promised, what I sowed next:
Pumpkins
Marrows(saved seed)
French bean(saved and bought)
Butternut squash
Courgette
All in cells(from trading hut ).
Sown on Sunday, I already have french beans breaking through, all trays being kept in my mini greenhouse at home.