Name that Squash!
I should be putting the finishing touches on the 20+ stories I'm trying to write (that were due yesterday) for the Summer Music Festival. I am, however, going stir crazy and need a break. So due to popular demand, I'm going to host a quick episode of Name that Squash!, the always fun, interactive game in which I post a picture of a squash growing in my garden and you, dear blog reader, try to guess the variety.
Ready? Here goes...
Hint: I'm giving this one a lot of room. My mom gave me one last year that filled my entire oven when I cut it in two and baked it.
If you guessed hubbard, give yourself five points.
I bought a package that had five different kinds of pattypan squash seeds in it, so it's a scalloped squash of some kind. The seeds weren't marked or color-coded, so even if I was the kind of gardener who took notes or carefully marked everything (I'm not), I wouldn't know whether this is a moonbeam, a sunbeam, a total eclipse, a partial eclipse or a lunar eclipse. It could also be a hybrid scalloped called a G-Star. No, that wasn't G-string. It's a squash, not an adult toy.
Ditto for these. Where do they get the names? Of course, these do look like little spaceships when they're grown, so maybe that's why they chose the extra-terrestrial names.
OK, here's one I actually know, and you should, too, since I blogged about planting spaghetti squash in my straw bales.
Last but not least, here are two mystery squashes that came up on their own. I don't know whether they're coming up because I spread my home compost on the ground or because I planted something in these spaces last year and they've been thinking about growing for a year.
If you actually think you know what these mystery squash are, let me know. Your prize will be an actual squash from not one, but both plants!
OK, so no one really demanded it, but I'm sure you would have if you would have known how much fun it was or the fame and glory that could be yours if you guessed them all correctly.
Perhaps the real question should be, why does anyone need to plant so many squash?
Now I gotta get back to work...