Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Squash Season

 It is October and although we've had a few frosts that haven't hurt anything it was time to get the squash in.  The plants are starting to die down and any night now we could get a serious frost that would damage the fruits.
 This is one of my favorite garden activities.  I love searching through the squash vines and finding that incredible bounty.  We took in 3 wheelbarrow loads of various squashes.  Above are golden acorn and delicatas,
 here are more delicatas and green acorns
 and here the maxima type of squashes, Sweet Mamas and Sunshine.
 We put them into the hoophouse to cure for a week or two.
 There wasn't enough room there for the pumpkins so those went into the greenhouse until we haul them over to Market.
 There wasn't room in either place for the Long Pie pumpkins so those will have to wait a day or two until we shift things around in the hoophouse.  The weather report looks like it will be safe to do that for a couple of more days.
The aftermath.  No matter how carefully we searched for squashes we know we will come back as the plants continue to die and find a few more.  It's like hunting for eggs in a hay loft.  Oh, the bounty of the garden.  No danger of going hungry this winter.


  1. What a lovely crop Margaret. I shall now think of you at lunch in a few minutes when I eat butter nut squash soup! I hope your harvests are good this year.

  2. I wish we could grow butternut squash here but it is one variety that needs more heat and a longer season than our garden has.