As documented earlier, the raised be we created at the beginning of the growing season was overrun with squash. It was great because only the peas did all that well, so we gorged on peas and then pulled them out. The carrots and beets made a decent showing, but the lettuce and tomatoes just didn’t do all that well. Two volunteer tomato plants also grew up, but the squash plants were so aggressive that I had to keep pulling some out. We finally pulled them all out and ended up with five squash to eat. We left the volunteer tomatoes which are now loaded with green fruit. This all made space to plant my daughter’s corn and watermelon seedlings that she brought home from her garden and art camp. I have no idea if they will grow, but it is a nice change from battling the prickly, itchy monster squash plants every few days.
Tag Archives: squash
The raised bed continues to produce. So far, it has been prolific with the peas, and the volunteer squash has required thinning as it blossoms like mad. The row of beets and carrots should now be ready for harvesting, so we pulled a few on Saturday. Such great colors. My daughter loved grasping the stems and lifting food from the soil. The carrots are eaten, and the beets have joined those from the farm share in the fridge.
Not feeling blue at all, actually. The garden looks great, the yard looks great, and it was fun hanging out there on Monday afternoon with the kids. Admittedly, changing the tire of my car twice and cleaning up after a shredded diaper were no treat, but sitting on the back porch blowing bubbles, investigating how ripe the blueberries have gotten, and planting my daughter’s bean sprouts from school in the midst of a rampant growth of squash, peas, carrots, and beets made for a good day.
Those lonely squash hanging out amongst the six-foot weeds in the mostly abandoned garden. There were three varieties of volunteer squash that each bore one squash. We harvested one early to avoid it being eaten, the acorn squash was brought in after one bite, and we have left the spaghetti squash for the critters to polish off after gnawing on it for a while. That is finally it for the garden. All that remains it taking down the semi-functional fence and poles, removing the bricks, and weeding/mowing the plot. What will next year bring?
This year’s garden was not too productive on the vegetable front. A few short carrots and beets, three peas, corn that fed a family of rodent thieves, and some spectacular sunflowers that probably won’t live to provide us with any seeds. However, some volunteer squash erupted from the ground early on. I let them grow, and there are two on the vine. One is even close to ripe. These plants were unintended and very untended. I even almost uprooted the one with a ripe squash on it when pulling out the corn stalks.
It is not always the original plan always the bears fruit.