Posted by: cosmicgarden | June 30, 2012

10 kinds of squash and sunflowers

I liked the look of the Romanesco last year, but I think it needed more water, it was a bit neglected with other things going on. This year should be better.

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This Golden Hubbard is the one that will take the longest. So I am making a bet on the weather in September.

The winter squashes that take so long have been planted in the protected area on the side of the cartent. They will have afternoon sun as I can train them up the fence. I had good luck there with pumpkins before, hoping for the best this time.seeds squash and beands 2012_06_26_10_40_34_Page_14

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I didn’t have luck with this “Sweet Meat” before, but it looked interesting. Will try it again this year.

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WE love acorn squash. Or at least I do, there’s sometimes a bit of coercion involved when it comes to getting the kids to eat it. But they eat it—and I have an opportunity to try new recipes Smile

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WE have Table King and Table Queen and it will be interesting to compare the varieties.

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I have only ever been able to bring one butternut all the way to ripeness. Trying it again this year.

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My favorite is the summer squash, though. And the blossoms, oh the blossoms. Ever since discovering the joy of stuffed summer squash blossoms ~a little goat cheese and herbs in the middle, dipped in a light egg batter and fried…ooohhhh, ummmm heaven! They are a treat and so perishable it’s something I could never have enjoyed without a garden. These Irish Eyes seeds were old, we’ll see how they do.

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I kind of like the straightneck better when cutting in slices. I have the impression it doesn’t taste as good as the crookneck but that could be just my imagination. We’ll test it out later, I hope.

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There was one massive sunflower last year that had a stalk as thick as the top of my arm. I think one of its babies has re-seeded in the same spot. Can’t wait to see what it does. Sunflowers around the garden re-seed all over. I try to limit them to certain areas since there is some concern they will impair the growth of other garden plants. I need to research that some more.

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