Posted on 2022-08-242022-08-24 by the_dr_blue08/24/2022 giant squash time and other things I thought I saw something in a firewood piece. It was a mason wasp! The Chef made a delicious dinner. BLT with farm share tomatoes and Paula’s sourdough bread. The okra and peppers side was breaded and pan fried, with both farm share and garden okra, topped with cholula hot sauce. These corrientes cowpea leaves seemed maybe diseased because they were covered in light yellow speckles, so I removed them. Some sort of fungus maybe on the basil? It is the round dark spot I’m pointing to with my snippers. I have been removing them. If anyone knows otherwise, I’d let a leaf miner live. Trimmed all the basil this evening for the Chef to do a pesto batch. This corrientes cowpea stem is flat like a ribbon. Side view of flat stem of cowpea. A mystery. Last but definitely not least, the giant green-striped cushaw squash. I’m not sure if Briar was concerned or unimpressed. We got out the bathroom scale for this magnificent beast. The squash weighed 14.5 lbs. Last year’s big squash was barely 7 lbs.
8 Replies to “08/24/2022 giant squash time and other things”
Whoa, now THAT’S a squash! Congrats on avoiding squash vine borers this season!
This species is resistant to borers! Did I send you seeds? I can if I haven’t !
Yes, you did. I had forgotten that because I didn’t plant squash in the spring. The borers beat me down too much last year. I just planted some regular and gray zucchini and have covered the seedling plants with mesh picnic tents. I’m leaving those on until the plants either outgrow the tent or start to flower. Do you think it’s too late to plant one or two of the cushaw seeds to get some small fruits before it gets too cold? Or do you have to let them get huge?
That’s a good question. I don’t know if it’s ripe before the rind gets hard. It’s a winter storage type squash like a pumpkin or butternut or Hubbard, so maybe if you look up if you can eat those early?
I will check and let you know.
The answer is…no, winter squashes must be allowed to mature fully with hardened rind. They must be planted in spring so they have time to mature. So, next year!
How’re you liking okra now? Don’t think I’ve ever grown a squash that huge. Let us know how good it is.
It’s alright, I’d say. We certainly haven’t. It’s like a pumpkin in size. We gave it to my coworker. Hopefully she will report on what she makes. There are two more giant ones not ready that we’ll eat.