This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he always thought the garden was his. Even though I do all the work, he always stood by me. I'm located near Boston (in USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and try to grow all of my family's vegetables.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

butternut squash harvest

butternut squash harvest My squash box is FULL!

From 6 plants that I trained up and over my trellis, I got a total of 17 squash, adding up to 44 lbs. That's about 3 squash per plant. The biggest squash is 4.4 lbs and the smallest is 1.4.

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OpenID karenish said...

Wow! It's going to be a great squash winter! How do you think you'll cook them up?

October 28, 2012 10:51 PM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Fantastic! I got a few squash/pumpkins from the Lottie on our return. They are destined for soup, cake, bread and general roasting.

October 30, 2012 4:24 AM

Blogger blueberry1946 said...

Aside from soup, I like to cut mine in half and slow bake them whole. I scoop out the seeds and put a foil over the top cut sides. Towards the end I fill the cavity with pats of butter and either a mix of sugar and molasses or a dollop of maple syrup.

October 31, 2012 12:39 PM

Anonymous Abby said...

These look fantastic! I'd love for you to do a how-to about how you grow winter squash over a trellis! I'm a Boston urban gardener, and next year we're cutting way back on tomatoes (because of late blight) - and I'm going to try some stuff I couldn't because of space - I'm psyched to try winter squash or sweet potatoes, but I don't have a lot of experience - any tips?

October 31, 2012 8:06 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I mostly make a squash puree which is my favorite. Half squash, half sweet potatoes. Yumm. Now and then a soup or bread. Also roasted squash on its own or mixed with other winter vegetables.

My husband made a really nice soup the other day and I am looking forward to posting the recipe soon. (I have about 5 recipes saved up with photos to post someday soon.)

Good idea to do a How-to on squashes up a trellis. I will see if I can do that one!

About those late blight tomatoes, I put in some time today to try to figure out if we can provide late blight resistant tomatoes plants to gardeners at our community garden next year. I will try to post on this soon. A local farmer felt the varieties aren't so good yet and he recommended plastic tunnels with heirloom varieties. A local grower charges about $2 per plant and would grow them for us. She recommended Johnny's varieties. I am still looking into getting some local greenhouse space and growing a couple of the new varieties ourselves. BUT maybe I should just recommend all of the gardeners grow squash instead.

October 31, 2012 8:36 PM


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