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Penultimate Harvest

A frost warning sent me out to my community garden plot yesterday to gather all the green tomatoes that were never going to get ripe.

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I picked a heavy bagful of tomatoes, a few from my Butter Bush, a lot from the Rutgers, plus four more huge tomatoes from a volunteer tomato plant in my home garden. It was so many, it felt like more than all the ripe red tomatoes I’ve picked put together.

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I grew some food!

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Because of all the rain, it’s been about a week since I visited my community garden plot. I was startled by all the changes.

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Still have lettuces!

Four lettuces and a Cousa squash.

Is it tempting fate to show how the lettuces and squash are doing at the community garden? So be it. I tempt fate.

Even the critters get a merry Christmas

For the last couple weeks, I’ve left a small bag of pecans has been laying around, with the vague thought that maybe the squirrels would like them. You think? Anyway, today seemed like a good day to offer this treat, so I poured the pecans into a little cardboard basket, and set them outside.

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Mystery squash meet their fate

Roast mystery squash and parsnip

The mystery squash have finally met their end. They were chopped up, peeled, tossed with olive oil, and roasted. Along with a parsnip, just in case they tasted weird. Weird they were, but not too weird.  Some tasted like overgrown zucchini, some like bland winter squash, some like a wild grassy feral relative of squash. On the whole, roasted mystery squash is a fine dish to be part of a holiday meal.

Thank you, mystery squash!

Twin mystery squash are fraternal

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The two mystery squashes are definitely different squashes.  One looks to be descended from a sugar pumpkin that went rotten last winter, the other from one of the acorn squashes I ate. It’s nice to have a clear idea what they are, but no way are they going to ripen before the first frost hits. Shhh! Don’t tell them! Let them have their squash dreams.

Golden squash to be

Golden squash lined up to grow

I thought planting a bush variety of squash would be better than getting overwhelmed with squash, but the two little squashlettes it has produced so far is less than underwhelming. Now, all of a sudden, there’s at least four of five of them hiding under the leaves.

Do you think it knows there’s a deadline coming up?

 

Squash to bee

Baby Squash on the way

The bees in the squash have horns to toot:

The first squash has set fruit.

So cute!

Black Bees in the Squash Blossoms

Squash flowering for the bees

I made sure to plant squash for the squash bees. Instead of squash bees, I found another bee I’ve been looking for.

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Vegetable last hurrah?

Half my squash crop

Half my squash crop

The squash blossoms haven’t been totally confused. I’ve been watching the usual acorn squash ripening under a pear tree. And I see I should have plucked up the inevitable swallow-wort sprout before I took the picture. That stuff is a plague! But I don’t want to talk about that right now.
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