Tromboncino Squash plant on trellis
See the little trom on the lower right, hope it was pollinated by the bees, this will be the 3rd one
One of the 2 tromboncino squashes I posted on 7/29/2013 grew by leaps and bounds. The second one, however, was not growing at all and started to shrivel up. Reason, did not get pollinated. Decided to harvest both on Thursday.
Squash at bottom was not pollinated and the bulbous part started to shrivel up
Meant to weigh both and measure the diameter, but forgot.
The unpollinated squash was edible. I did not detect any difference in taste and texture compared to the pollinated squash.
Cross section of tromboncino Squash
The seeds are in the bulbous part of the squash, the long skinny neck is one solid length
Stir fry summer squashes
I had a patty pan squash and a yellow crookneck squash in the fridge, so decided to do a simple stir-fry, combining all 3 squashes. Added minced garlic, fresh thyme, salt and pepper, stir-fry briefly until heated through, toss in a bit of Asian sesame oil. Was very good. Cook longer if you like your squashes less crunchy.
Red Noodles Beans & Green Chinese Yardlong Beans (asparagus beans) on trellis
They grow in pairs
Right photo: Bean’s Flowers
There are 2 flowers on the same stem reason the beans grow in pairs.
Red Noodles Beans, Green Chinese Yardlong Beans & Black Soy Beans
Some of the black soybean pods had filled out nicely so decided to pick a handful. Was surprised to find the shelled young beans were green and not black. I guess they will turn black as they mature.
Cooked Black Soy Beans
Shelled cooked beans had a grayish color
Boiled the unshelled soybeans in salted water for about 5 minutes. They were tender and flavorful, liked them a lot. Will be saving seeds for next year’s planting (the seeds I had were heirloom).
Jamaican Callaloo (amaranth)
Got the seedlings from my sister, Joyce, who got the seeds from a Jamaican friend
Will need to save seeds for next year’s planting
Callaloo freezes well. Since I had plenty greens coming in from the garden, decided to blanch, cool and freeze the callaloo for later enjoyment.
Dried Sugar Snap Peas
Many of the sugar snap peas had passed the edible stage when I returned from vacation, early July, decided to let the pods turn brown on the vines and harvest the dried peas for planting.
My spring experiment with growing pea shoots in windowbox failed. Going to plant the above dried peas in windowbox. Maybe I will have a successful pea shoots harvest with a fall planting.
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