Lanie: I’m getting a ton of yellow squash from my sow true plants! We love squash any way you cook it. My favorite way is just stewed with onions.
And you have my permission to use this on your blog or whatever…thank you so much for the fun and free food! ^_^
Michele Langston in Arkansas
Julie Hughes: Report 1: In Arizona the true sow plants are big, green, and now bloomless. All the blooms fell off. I had one yellow squash that got about an inch long before it fell off. I am assuming from the heat. I am hoping to keep them watered and green to see what happens. The sweet potato squash is really vining. It is about 4 foot long. Wish I had a better report for you all.
Later Report: In Arizona, the True Sow seeds are having varied luck. The sweet potato squash is vining everywhere, big green huge vines. The crookneck and greek red have been beat back by the heat after such a strong start. After it got to 115 degrees those guys looked spindly and sparse. All of the blooms fell off once it was over a 100 degrees. The pretty vine of sweet potato squash has yet to bloom. It just continues to vine. I think I should have kept some seeds and planted in September and maybe had January squash. Oh well one never knows.
Nana: Black Beauty Zucchini modeled by Papaw.
Barbara: Report 1: These are pictures of my squash. These huge plants now have two squash growing. They are about 6 inches long. Dont know if they will be mature before frost.
Hope you have had a wonderful summer. We had strange weather in New England.
Later report: My Cushaw have finally started growing squash. I have one that it is now about 10 inches long. We had a cool spell and nothing was growing. This week we are back up in the 80’s so hoping that it will mature. Lots of smaller ones growing too. The plants are huge. They grew over the compost bin down the other side.
He has 3 little brothers and for a short while about 6 weeks ago, I feared all was lost. All my vines were wilted! Squash vine borers invaded my garden and I had to act fast. I raced around with a hypodermic syringe and needle injecting BT (Bacillus Thuringiensis) into the vines just above the worm damaged areas. After that I dusted with Hormex rooting compound and covered the base of the vine up to a foot or so with soil in hopes of getting new roots at the nodes. It worked. I probably didn’t need to use the Hormex but I was in a panic. I think my monster would be bigger if we’d had more rain. I’ve carried a few buckets of water from the pond but not nearly enough.
Regarding the other squashes:
The Greek Sweet Red is blooming but no fruit yet. The vines are running for cover under the Jerusalem Artichokes. I built the Seminole Pumpkins a lovely cattle panel trellis and coaxed them up about 2 feet but then they rebelled and are rambling everywhere with nary a bloom. The trellis isn’t going to waste, though. Chinese Red Noodle Beans and Luffa vines have already made it to the top and are producing abundantly.
We have about 7 weeks left until frost (boy summer is going fast) so I will hope for a miracle for my stragglers and a good report at the end of October.
Chad: Tipper the only thing that grew for me wss the zucchini. It was very dry here in Weaverville
B.Ruth: Tipper, Roy gathered our squash this week. The Winter Squash Pink Jumbo Banana vines only made one squash, not a 40 pounder like I was hoping for! lol It was large but only about 10 to 15 pounds. Shaped sort of like a banana. Creamy melon color. It did have a long soft area on the bottom. I cut that off, washed it well and cut it up in large chunks. I am planning on baking it today and removing the skin and flesh. I did get 6 beautiful fat seeds out of it. It was at the end of the garden so I hope it didn’t cross with any of the other squash. It is supposed to be used in sweet and savory dishes. I found one recipe for the banana squash in a vegetable cookbook (new one just bought) that I want to try. Will let you know about that recipe. All the rest made well, as I said before we are sure glad we didn’t have room for planting all the seed. We would be having cushaws for footstools and chairs in the yard.
Ed: My squash report is a sad one. I only got the summer varieties because I knew I could grow them. I could blame it on the cooler than normal spring and the dry spell that followed. I could blame it on the animals that dug up my plants after I watered them from a milk jug that still had some milk in it. I could blame it on the rain that finally came and filled up the trenches that I had created when I made the raised beds in which I planted my seeds. Was it my fault I couldn’t stand in water to pull the weeds that all came up when the monsoons finally came? Was it my fault that by the time the waters finally receded, the weeds were so big that I couldn’t pull them up without pulling up the squash too? Was it my fault that the zucchini I replanted after the first ones didn’t come up turned out to be yellow squash too? Was it my fault that islands that the squash lived on were invaded by alien creatures that attacked the stems and leaves of the poor little plants, knowing I could not see them from the distant shore. It might not seem so from what you have read so far but the invaders awoke the last few IQ points I have left. I located a JIF jar I had recycled, drilled a few holes in the lid and filled it with that 7 (shhhhhh!) stuff I had sworn never to use again. Those mountains on which my ailing little ragamuffins dwelt became the snowcapped peaks of an Alaskan wilderness. Their tattered leaves became angel wings and their stems majestic intricately carved marble pillars.
Here is my recommendation to you. If you decide to do squash deputies again next year, when you see my name as a volunteer, politely tell me that you are sorry but you have already given out your allotment. That will probably work in 2016 too. It will save you the postage to send me the seeds and will save me the embarrassment of having to report my miserable failures.
I did get a few messes of squash though and I grew some of the best sweet onions and radishes I ever ate. I had only two barrel onions out of all I planted and they were sweet too. The radishes were so good I let two of best looking ones go to seed and harvested the seeds. The seed plants got so big I had to stake them up. I have never heard of anyone saving radish seeds but I did it. If this years luck continues though, I’ll probably grow radishes that will bite back at you.
Quinn: Tipper, I am almost afraid to say anything for fear the weather will change again and everything will die on the vine…but I’ll cross my fingers and say that my winter squash plants are beginning to produce actual squashes! I’ve picked two Thelmas and I’m watching a few more…and the Greek Reds and Jumbo Bananas are each growing at least a couple of squash, including one good-sized banana that’s hanging on a fence! I promise to give you a full report and pictures when there’s more to tell…I get the feeling my season is running weeks behind yours, but maybe that’s normal? It seems like it’s been a slow garden season up here, though…lots of folks are saying the same, and we’ve had some really chilly weather already so everyone is just hoping things will produce and ripen before the really cold weather hits.
What fun we all had! Sow True Seed‘s great generosity allowed us to experience growing both new squash varieties and old favorites.
If you were a squash reporter and didn’t get a chance to send me a report-feel free to add it to this post in the form of a comment.