Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Planting Summer Squash!

Farmer Man and I, with Vartan and Natalia's help, got most of the summer squash planted today. We put in two 500 foot double rows - we plant on a slightly larger scale than your average home garden! These are all bush varieties, so we planted pretty close: these are eventually going to form something like two hedges, side by side on the drip lines. We planted regular black zucchini (which is dark green and the most common variety in the stores), golden zucchini, Ronde de Nice (a round zucchini), Portofino (an Italian Largo type, with a nice herbal flavour), Papaya Pear (one of our favourites, great grilled), Lolita (one of the Moroccan or Cousa types) and a whole bunch of different patty pans or scallopinis. Some good eating coming up! We plant these bush types very close, partly for maximum efficiency and partly because we do like to take them when they are small - that's when they are the best. Farmer Man also got some of the winter squash seeded. Now, for those of you that don't know: summer squash has edible skin, winter squash has hard skin. Winter squash, like butternut or pumpkins, will generally take longer to crop and will store better. Now you know! Are you planting any summer squash?

1 comment:

  1. Yum yum yum -- looking forward to helping sell it in August!