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Dec 2017. Volunteers from compost and asparagus one month growth

21 Dec

So tall! Over a foot tall! Unfortunately I do not know how old these crowns are. I am going to assume one year crowns. Impulse buy ­čÖé

I think I have some kind of squash! First time used some compost. I have a closed bin which possibly has zucchini seeds from the old zucchini I grew earlier this year or spaghetti squash seeds. I hardly buy any squash. So excited to see what we are getting!

Also I see a couple of tomatoes. We had a random volunteer that grew and grew and grew. It was a pear yellow cherry tomato and was very productive so these are likely from that.

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´╗┐Spaghetti Squash succumb to proceed mildew :(

18 May

Here’s what I got! Unfortunately may grey has brought too much dewy foggy weather. 
Wonder how much flesh are in these little ones… Some are still soft skinned. So hopefully they will harden up?! 

Spaghetti squash babies getting bigger! 

23 Apr

I’m always surprised how quickly they grow! Only pollinated a week ago and now I have 4 little mini squashes! I am not sure which pits they’re coming out of, I have three pots each with two plants.. Hopefully each plant will bear at least one squash. 

Pollinated spaghetti squash!

20 Apr

There are at least three babies growing ­čÖé I hand pollinated them early in the morning earlier this week. I hope they make it! Considering I hav 6 plants, hopefully I can have at least 6 squashes… 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

 

First ever homegrown Crookneck squash

15 Jul

We don’t really have these in England. I don’t really know why as they’re as tasty as zucchinis, (which are actually called “Courgettes” in the U.K).

I had to pick this guy as I noticed the plant wasn’t producing any new fruit – within a couple of days I started seeing female flowers again. This morning I hand pollinated three flowers. I was in a bit of a rush but hopefully I transferred enough pollen for the bugs to finish the job.

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I also grew round zucchinis in a bucket but I only had one fruit which ended up way too mature to eat. The skin was hard and there were so many seeds inside – what a waste! Now I know to harvest earlier so all my water efforts aren’t wasted.
Look how cute this guy was! Shame he didn’t taste very good.

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Squash bucket update

9 Jul

My first crookneck squash. I hand pollinated just in case the bees were taking a nap. I took one of the male flowers with the pollen, took all the yellow petals off and dipped it into the female open flower.

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Squash bucket!

27 Jun

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These plants are loving this bucket. Leaves getting bigger everyday! Instead of potting mix, I used a compost mix not specifically for container plants.

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This pic above is a week earlier.

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And this pic is from the 8th June. Only 19 days ago! Growing so quickly!