This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

mystery squash

mystery squash 161

A big volunteer pumpkin/squash plant appeared early this season in the middle of my onion bed. I was thinking it was likely a pumpkin, and since I had brought all my pumpkin seedlings to my parents garden, I thought I'd let it grow. Its always fun to have a mystery plant.

The vine has now overtaken the onion bed (I'm cutting off a few leaves here and there to give the onions sunlight), and is running into the sweet potatoes on one side and potatoes on the other. It has produced many male flowers and finally now has its first female.

I am thinking it doesn't look like  a pumpkin. Maybe a buttercup squash? I can't remember what I put in my compost bin last year, but I have grown some nice varieties of buttercup in the past.


Anonymous Robin said...

I agree it looks like a buttercup. My uncle's farm has lots of pop up buttercups this year, from seeds brought in with manure.
Love your blog.

July 16, 2012 7:40 AM

Blogger Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Can't wait to see what it is!!

July 16, 2012 8:20 AM

Anonymous Melissa said...

I have mystery squash growing in my compost pile this year too! Its amazing how much larger the squash in the compost is than the ones in my garden!

July 16, 2012 10:20 AM

Blogger Paloma said...

It will be great to see what turns out to be! ;) Great picture! :)

July 16, 2012 10:31 AM

Anonymous Jennifer Solow said...

The best squash I grow is always from somewhere in the depths of the compost heap. It pokes out from the side and practically emerges like a palm tree. It never looks familiar. Something from last year? Some sort of uber-super-squash? It's always enormous, misshapen and delicious. Inbred but adorable in its ugliness. We call it Junk Yard Squash - an unromantic but nonetheless accurate homage to the mystery fruit. Him: "What's for dinner tonight?" Me: "Fried Junk Yard Squash."

July 20, 2012 11:57 AM

Blogger kathy said...

This squash did not set. There are so many male flowers on the plant and I am watching for another female.

July 20, 2012 9:50 PM


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