Went to the garden armed with rake, shovel and bucket to pick up and dispose of all the partially eaten Asian pears on the garden floor and on the tree. A big surprise awaited me. There was no partially eaten or rotten fruits to pick up. Both the garden floor and the pear tree were clean, no mess at all.
The critters had returned and cleaned up after themselves. Oh, how very thoughtful!
With extra time on my hand, decided to harvest my butternut squashes.
The squash at the upper right corner did not pass the nail test (you can see that it is a bit greener than the others) will be using it first.
These are small butternut squashes, weighing about 1½ pound each, really cute. I like the small size plus the bush type plant does not take over the garden. Definitely planting again next year.
The plant was growing in the compost pile. I knew it was a squash plant but had no idea what kind. Decided to let it continue to grow and am happy that I did. Needless to say I have no idea about the variety. They are much bigger that the butterbush, averaging 4+ pounds each, good looking and I am sure tasty.
Will do a comparison taste test of the 2 varieties at a later date and let you know what I think.
Would like to save seeds but the plant was growing in the same area as the pumpkin (click and scroll down) and may have been cross pollinated. Need to give this some thought.
Left, volunteer butternut, weight, 4+ pounds
Right, butterbush, weight, 1½ pounds
Remember the crowded napa cabbages (click and scroll down) in the window box? Decided to loosely tie each one so there is better air circulation. Wondering if doing so each will form a head faster and better. Will keep you posted.
Lutz beets do not get woody so I usually leave them in the ground as long as possible and just harvest as needed. But since there is no more sweet potatoes in the ground the critters are nibbling on the beets. Brought in the good ones and left the nibbled ones behind (for the critters) with the hope they will not go after the parsnips and other root vegetables.
Yes, I am growing dandelion. At the end of last year’s growing season, among the clearance seed packs at the garden center was Italian red rib dandelion, for 25¢ a pack I had to buy. Planted 4 plants in July when I had a bit of garden space. They grew well and are pretty plants. Will plant again next year. Both the ribs and leaves have a bitter taste that reminds me of chicory. If you are a fan of bitter greens you will like this red rib dandelion.
Made a simple salad with oak leaf lettuce, cucumber (last from the garden) and dandelion (used both the ribs and leaves, the ribs were slightly chewy). Dressed only with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Love it. Note to self: plant more than 4 plants next year.
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