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. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

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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5 Comments:

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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