There are currently three winter squashes growing in my garden. One is the Connecticut field pumpkin that I fully intend to cut up and carve with the kids, save some seed for eating and some seed for next year but probably not doing much with the filling. But I’m also growing spaghetti squash and what I believe is Waltham Butternut Squash.
However, the Waltham Butternut Squash is not taking the traditional shape that I would expect. I have gone back and checked my seed stores and I don’t have any other winter squash, besides the three that I have already mentioned. So I don’t know what else this could be. So tell me if you know a reason why my Waltham Butternut Squash would be round. Will it eventually elongate and have a neck? Or is it just not going to do it, and there’s something lacking in the nutrition or something along those lines on why my squash does not look the way it should? Or do you think I got a bad batch of seeds and you can identify it as something else.
As far as the other winter squash goes, the Connecticut field pumpkins are looking great. We have one just about ready to come off the vine, a little earlier than I expected it to, but we’ll make full use of it anyway.
A little update on a couple of the volunteer plants in our garden. The cucumber plant that came up right next to the potted trees is doing well, and I’ve already cut one cucumber off. It seems to be putting out only one other cucumber, so I am letting it ripen and go to seed.
A few weeks ago I noticed another plant was coming up, and I instantly recognized that it was some kind of pea or bean, but now that it’s growing out and considering where it is located in the garden, I believe that it is going to be a Mississippi purple hull cowpea that’s growing from last year.
I also took the time to clear out some of the weeds in an overgrown area and now have some really thick carrots that are still growing very well. I’m still going to let them go to seed, so I’ll let you know how that goes. I may have to protect the area over winter, if they don’t happen to put on seeds before then.
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