Wonderful Winter Squash

WinterSquashVinesI’ve planted several different types of winter squash this year.





WinterSqashViningIt didn’t take the vines long to begin snaking their way around the garden. It will be fun to see just what kinds and sizes of winter squash we get.







WintSquashVinerootWhat’s interesting about winter squash, as well as pumpkin vines, at each node along the vine they send down feeder roots. This is one reason these vines can grow so large. Apparently, giant pumpkin growers even feed the plants along these vines at these feeder roots, to get them to grow even bigger.



WintSqHullessPumpkinI’ve also planted some hull-less pumpkins. If you love pumpkin seeds, but hate the hulls, you’d love these pumpkins. The seeds dry beautifully and taste great. The seeds also keep well for planting the following year.  I believe this variety is Kakai.



WinterSquashGardenWhile I thought I had given the vines plenty of room, they have almost taken over the  entire garden. They have even escaped the garden fence by climbing over it, and are making their way across the yard. They have crawled through the tomatoes and into the beans and coon ravaged corn. I no longer care. The garden is on its last legs, so if the winter squash want to take over, it’s fine with me.




WintSqLaKotaI’ve been tip-toeing my way through the vines investigating the different types and numbers of squash that have set on the vines. This variety is Lakota, an heirloom I’ve never grown before. It’s supposed to have a deliciously sweet and nutty flavor. It’s name identifies it as a staple of the Native Americans.




WintSqButternutMost people are familiar with the common, but delicious butternut. This variety is Waltham. They bake up into a sweet, rich, meaty pulp that is as good as any sweet potato.



WintSqRedKuriTwo squash that I’m not sure which is which, are the red kuri and the potimarron. The potimarron (French – potiron or pumpkin, and marron – chestnut), are supposed to be a small squash with a flavor like chestnuts. The red kuri is similar shaped and as you might guess, turns orange-red when mature. Since I’m not very good at labeling plants once they are in the garden, I know I started seeds of both but no longer know which is which. Whatever they turn out to be, I’m hoping they will be delicious baked up this winter on a cold snowy day.

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