Monday, June 21, 2010

A trickle and then a flood...

On Saturday we picked squash, about 5 grape tomatoes, and the first few purple pole beans.  I'm anxiously waiting for the rest of the grape tomatoes to ripen. Last year we had a small handful and then suddenly they were all ready at the same time, and we often found ourselves with more tomaotes that we knew what to do with.  I'm always amazed at how quickly things grow--one day we'll see a little yellow crookneck squash just starting to grow, and by the end of the week it's ready to be picked and eaten. I love it!

left to right: purple pole beans, tomatoes, 2 crookneck yellow squash, butterstick zucchini; all harvested 6/19

Now for the main event---the big squash harvest! Somehow between Saturday and today (Monday) FIVE more squash were ready to be picked.  I ordered a variety pack of squash seeds from Burpee (found here).  We harvested one of each variety today!
left to right: zucchini, yellow crookneck, sweet gourmet hybrid zucchini, zucchini, butterstick (another zucchini variety)--all harvested today 6/21

Now for the fun part--cooking them up to see how they taste! According to Burpee's site, the Butterstick and Sweet Gourmet Hybrid should have a light nutty taste. We'll see about that.

Other pictures--the first is the Butterstick growing in our raised bed. The second is of the crookneck yellow squash we're growing in containers.


  1. Angela your squash looks fantastic! I assuming you didn't have any trouble with horn worms? I had a couple problems with them a couple of years ago....

    They came straight up from the center, cutting my squash stalks in half killing the whole darn plant!.. UGH!

  2. Ooh that sounds terrible! We had one squash plant last year that got torn up by worms, but we've been lucky so far. They're so gross looking, I don't want to have to deal with them!


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