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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!