Growing Winter Squash

Growing Winter Squash-Nestled in the LeavesI am having so much fun growing winter squash even though it is taking over my yard.  I will definitely be buying Tahitian Melon winter squash again providing that it tastes as good as it grows!  Each time I see a large squash nestled in the undergrowth I get a thrill and each new baby squash is exciting!  Even though I don’t think all these babies will get full grown at this point in the summer.  But you never know–we still have 2 more months of frost-free weather.  I have picked 3 squash.  The first one was 5.5 lbs, the second 6.5 lbs and the third one was 9.6 lbs.  Wow!  Those are a lot of pumpkin pies and squash soup!

Growing Winter Squash Update

We cooked our first winter squash and it was amazingly delicious and as you can imagine, at 9.6 lbs, it supplied a lot of squash. We made three pies and had a lot left for squash soup and just to eat plain. It has a lovely orange color which attests to how healthy it is with the beta-carotene.

If you are a beginning gardener and you like butternut squash I recommend this for growing winter squash because it is a strong plant, seemingly resistant to problems and it produces beautiful. large squash-just be prepared for it to grow all over.

I talked to one of the farmers at the local farmers market wondering why it is not sold at the market.  He said when he was a kid in Pennsylvania that is all they used for pumpkin pies.  He called them Neck pumpkins. I got my seeds from Southern Seed Exchange.See my 2 previous posts for more info on Tahitian Melon Squash.