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 Post subject: Winter squash progress thread
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:03 pm 
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Tomatoes are so last month! My delicatas are coming up and my pumpkin is well on its way.

Upper is pumpkin, lower is deliata.
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And here is the biggest delicata so far. There are 5 or so more!
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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:35 pm 
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Oh my gosh, delicata is the best. We didn't plant any this year and I totally regret it. I will post my beautiful baby acorns tomorrow!

Edit: I love that they are taking over your yard. Rawr!

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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:37 am 
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Looks great, Isa! I must admit, I never grow squash because of my luck with vine borers. I usually trade or get free stuff from my friends. Have you made anything with the blossoms?

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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
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I haven't made anything with the blossoms because I've been away and now my kitchen is in disarray and I'm about to leave again. Maybe there'll be some waiting for me when I get back from Portland!

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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
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Am I not going to mess up the fruiting if I pick off my flowers? I picked one off once and it came off so easy, but then it looked like all that was left was just stem...

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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:06 pm 
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Mars wrote:
Am I not going to mess up the fruiting if I pick off my flowers? I picked one off once and it came off so easy, but then it looked like all that was left was just stem...

Did you pick off a male or female flower? They're separate. The female will have a protuberance at its base which develops into a squash, if pollinated. Only pick male flowers, and only if you're leaving enough to pollinate the females.

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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
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Jill beat me to the punch. Damn, you're good!

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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:25 am 
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How many plants are there for each of them? It looks like a lot of vines for the delicata! I would love to grow them, that's my favorite squash. But I don't think I have enough room.

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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
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Go vertical, Auby! Trellis those babies up towards the heavens!

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My trellis(es?) are already taken up by trombochino and green beans. I need a (poison ivy free) half acre!

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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
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Containers with supportive stakes?

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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:49 am 
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Do trellises really work for such heavy squash? I was concerned.

Anyway, I came home to an insane squash forest! It was dark so I couldn't figure it all out, bur I'll get in there tomorrow and see what's what.

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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
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IsaChandra wrote:
Do trellises really work for such heavy squash? I was concerned.

Anyway, I came home to an insane squash forest! It was dark so I couldn't figure it all out, bur I'll get in there tomorrow and see what's what.

You can make little "hammocks" to support individual squashes, but when you consider how long each vine is, you'd have to either grow dwarf varieties or top the vines. You can also grow winter squash through corn rows, if you let the corn get a head start first.

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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:38 am 
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Once again, Jill is right. Read "Square Foot Gardening." The book covers how to effectively trellis all sorts of shiitake.

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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
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Will do!

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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
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jewbacca wrote:
Once again, Jill is right. Read "Square Foot Gardening." The book covers how to effectively trellis all sorts of shiitake.

Thanks for the compliments. My background is in horticulture (although I'm getting rusty since I'm no longer working or volunteering in that field), plus I've had a veggie garden for 35+ years too.

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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:39 am 
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So some of the vines have snuck off into the shade. Is that okay if the actual squash isn't in sunlight? The roots and most of the plant is.

Also, I noticed on my pumpkin only 4 or fruits and the rest of the flowers seem to be male. Is that normal, to only get two pumpkins per vine? There are over 20 flowers so it seems weird.

Double also, I got maybe 8 delicatas from each vine, and I think they are done. Or will there be a second round or anything? Again, I see only make flowers left.

And on a happy note, the delicatas are so incredibly delicious. They almost taste like they're from the sea, there were so many flavors going on there. Like scallops, maybe. My tastebuds were very confused at first.

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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:18 pm 
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Oh and a squash montage!

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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
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You only want a couple of pumpkins per vine. the more pumpkins, the smaller they'll be as they compete for water and nutrients. you might even have to, gulp, pinch off a baby pumpkin or two to better your harvest. It's not pumpkin cruelty, I swear!!

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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:54 pm 
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Ok by "vine" do you mean per plant or per vine on each plant? I accidentally said "vine" but I meant plant.

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 Post subject: Re: Winter squash progress thread
PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:16 pm 
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I had some white winter squashes which were scalloped in shape growing, one per each plant. It seems the plants were healthy one day, and mildewed the next. Three of the plants still have a chance, but one was dead today, so I picked the squash. The squash itself seems smaller than I would have expected, but its skin is tough enough, so maybe its done? I'm eating it anyway.


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