Thursday, August 27, 2009

It's a squash takeover!

Look at this monstrous plant! This is just one winter squash plant that I decided to allow to roam through the garden instead of up the trellis. It was supposed to be a 3 sisters thing. But the corn is only a few inches high (or not growing at all) and the bean, well I had to add a tiki torch for it to climb because there was no corn to hold onto (note to self, plant the corn earlier next time). I planted this squash on August 1st I think. I saw one female flower on it, but it turned yellow and shriveled before the flower even opened.

I must have killed about 100 worms on my summer squash yesterday. Squish, squish, squish. My fingers were pretty green LOL, but I have no coordination with gloves on. I'm going to try to bag the fruit the moment I see the flower open (i'll help pollinate to be sure). We'll see how that works.

The other 2 winter squash are doing well growing up their trellis. They are reaching out to grab anything they can. My peppers are doing well. I have 3 more growing - yay! I'm going to start seedlings for more this week because it is almost the official time for peppers here. I think I'll keep the shade curtains up for a while because last year even in Sept I had problems with the flowers dropping.

And look at this beauty who dropped by this morning. I'm not sure what it is. I'm Googling it right now. Oh, it's a polka dot wasp moth. We have chrysallis' all over the front of the house of them.


  1. Ouch! That plant has completely engulfed the bed. Those winter squash are certainly aggressive plants, and if it weren't for my trellises - i'd have a problem too! No winter squash for me next year, because I want more tomatoes....

  2. Oh, I'm loving my butternut, even though it's vining out about 30 feet in length...and I keep chopping off the end growth! I will grow it again next year, but on one side of the garden all by itself.

  3. Those leaves look huge! What have you been feeding it? Whatever it is, the squash must love it!

  4. thomas - i put about 6" of composted horse manure in there a month or so before I planted it. Everything in the garden is taking off since I added that, whoohoo!