Wednesday, September 14, 2011
A Couple of Oranges from the Vegetable Garden & a Guessing Game
While it is not nearly time for Halloween I feel like Halloween is already here with all these oranges in my vegetable garden. The first orange we shall start with is this great squash. Anyone recognize it? It is a very expensive squash to buy fresh and might be difficult to find in stores. Guess in a comment and I'll let you know what it is at a later date. Isn't it cute?
I keep going back to the Pumpkins on a Stick because they are just so cool. The vivid oranges really show nicely.
'Tangerine Beauty' is a wonderful vine that keeps reblooming after its initial big flush of blooms in the spring.
Cosmos are the real Enegerizer bunnies of the vegetable garden. They keep going and going and going. I suspect I'll have tons of seedlings next year.
Finally, my mystery bed with cantaloupes, the unknown squash pictured above, and another seed that I planted has made me most happy. I had no idea all of the seeds I tried out would take and bear fruit. My only hope was to have a good cantaloupe crop (that we did) but I got a bonus. Do you recognize the above blossom?
I am pretty sure it is a pumpkin blossom and here is a pumpkin! A delightful surprise. Normally I plant pumpkins much too early. They ripen in August and then by the time Halloween rolls around they are not good anymore. Not so this year. I believe this one will turn orange just in time for Halloween. It is the only one too so it's a good thing.
Another notable accomplishment from the vegetable garden (it's not orange) is that I still have zucchini plants growing and bearing. This is the FIRST year I have not had an issue with squash vine borers and I am amazed. I do not regularly use pesticides as you can tell by the Pumpkin on a Stick's leaves. They are eaten up by flea beetles. So I am not sure why no squash vine borers this year. I think it may be that I interplant so many things that the insect population is fairly diverse and took care of the issue? Or maybe the borers just couldn't find the zucchini plants this year? Whatever it was I like it. I also still have the original cucumbers bearing fruit. In my garden cucumbers are usually finished by late July to early August. I can't believe it has been such a good year for vegetables and oranges....
in the garden....
Go ahead and give it a try on guessing the above squash. Whoever gets it right may get a surprise. I have collected several seeds and I think I may be able to get around to mailing them to you-United States only due to agriculture issues. (I've been busy lately) Seeds such as Love in a Mist (need to sow now) or nicotiana or even the cosmos pictured here. So go ahead, be brave....
in the garden....
I will moderate the comments so no one will have an unfair advantage on the guessing game.
Okay guys, I'm going to give you all a hint on the squash name. I think it will make it too easy but here goes. The name of the squash starts with a K.
Here is hint number two. The name of this squash rhymes with an Indian spice.
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