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The Squash Is Coming! The Squash Is Coming!

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While I don’t know yet if my spaghetti squash plants will actually produce spaghetti squash this year, they sure are growing!  I had quite a few problems with spaghetti squash last year and the beginning of this year, but things seem to be turning around!  They are beginning to flower, and I’m going to keep a close eye on them, hand pollinating, if necessary.  Take a look!

 

Those are two different spaghetti squash plants planted near my orange tree.  Ideally, they would have been planted in a dedicated bed, but I live in southern California which means TINY yards.  I do what I can...

Those are two different spaghetti squash plants planted near my orange tree. Ideally, they would have been planted in a dedicated bed, but I live in southern California which means TINY yards. I do what I can…

 

 

My summer squash plant is quite prolific, with several “fruits” on the vines.  Some are getting quite large and will be ready to harvest in a couple day’s time.

 

See the little yellow squashes?  I read that they can grow up to an inch a day.  If that's the case, I'll have some ready to pick by week's end!

See the little yellow squashes? I read that they can grow up to an inch a day. If that’s the case, I’ll have some ready to pick by week’s end!

 

I am really looking forward to these peppers ripening!

 

Yes, it's planted next to my electric meter, but what can I say?  I have a small yard.  I use what space I have in any way I can.

Yes, it’s planted next to my electric meter, but what can I say? I have a small yard. I use what space I have in any way I can.

 

I picked one today along with one yellow cherry tomato and a few radishes.

 

Not a huge harvest, but it is a delicious one!

Not a huge harvest, but it is a delicious one!

 

 

Speaking of radishes, I should have a few more ready later this week.

 

And, yes, those are around my water shut off valve.  Again, small yards.

And, yes, those are around my water shut off valve. Again, small yards.  There’s also a garlic plant tucked in there.

 

Can’t wait until the harvest is in full swing!

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Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, http://forayintofoodstorage.com. Have a question about Food Storage? Email me: forayintofoodstorage@gmail.com.

13 thoughts on “The Squash Is Coming! The Squash Is Coming!

  1. I love how you are using the little nooks and crannies of your yard. Great use of space!

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  2. I l.o.v.e. picking fresh, sun-warmed vegetables from the garden. 😀

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  3. Wow! Isn’t it beautiful to finally get results?
    Thanks for sharing these special moments 🙂

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  4. Laurie, my zucchini squash is going great guns as well. My gardens are going great! I’ve already harvested some of my Salad Lettuce (planted some Buttercrunch and more Arugula), harvested my first crop of Frencn Breakfast Radishes, cut the tops off my green onions and my bigger onions to use in salads. I’ve planted some more radishes and they’re up. I’ve harvested my cilantro and have made some fresh salsa with tomatoes from the farmer’s market until mine bloom and ripen. Love to see your successes! Keep up the great work in informing all of us who follow you!

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  5. Congrats and hope they keep growing. We have been enjoying zucchini and yellow squash. We didn’t get any last year thanks to a squash bug infestation and too much rain so I am enjoying it tremendously right now! We’ll be planing our spaghetti squash along with the acorn squash in July for fall harvest here. I also just picked my first yellow tomato Sunday, yum!

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  6. Lol I have to tell you Laurie, I love the titles of your posts! Lol

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  7. It’s a good idea to thin your spaghetti squash – otherwise they will compete. No more that 2-3 vines per hill in a small area like that – and each hill should be 4 feet apart. You should be able to get squash all summer if you thin. But don’t pull – cut off at soil level.

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  8. That’s awesome!!! I’ve always wanted to grow stuff. Lol, but it looks fun. 🙂

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  9. Your garden is looking beautiful! The lovely venation on the summer squash leaves reminds of planting zucchini a few years ago- it was a new variety for us (and turned out great), but it was the first time we’d had zucchini plants with the silver “streaking” through the leaves. I researched squash diseases/nutrient deficiencies for several DAYS before I found a reference to silver venation. lol!

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