|A sunny day shopping at BRING.|
In the afternoon, after spreading the bark nuggets in the dog run, D planted her garlic and I picked some of my winter squash. D's always done garlic, but lately we've been planting more crops that we can store and use later, like winter squash. I've been wanting to keep some notes about our successes, failures, and learning experiences this year, so here they are.
Winter SquashA couple years ago, we bought a 35-pound box of winter squash at the Fill Your Pantry event in Eugene. Our box consisted of a very large Galeux d’Eysines, which I enjoyed cooking with. From that box of squash I realized that we can incorporate winter squash into our dinners very nicely, and I've also discovered that winter squash doesn't always have to be "pumpkin-y."
With our new veggie garden fence, I've been planting winter squash on the edges of my raised beds so that the plants can trellis along the fence. The deer seem fairly disinterested in them. This year I planted in three different beds -- in one bed both squash plants took off, in the other two, the growth was stunted and slow..... a learning experience for sure!
In the good bed, I will get to harvest 6 "Fairy" Squash and 5 "Delicata". In the "bad" beds I'll get two very small Fairy, and one "Potimarron" from Seed Savers.
Also this year, I read that the tromboncini summer squash that I like so well, is not a true summer squash but more like a winter squash and if you let them mature you can pick them in the fall and they'll taste like a butternut. I had two tromboncini go rouge and get much too large for harvesting as a summer squash so I let them mature. They are now a good 3' long and will be harvested soon.
In general, I've learned from this and other experiences that I am not fertilizing enough. Next year, I'm going to be much more generous!
|Huckleberry Gold, harvested August 19|
I feel like I got a decent harvest from the Huckleberry Gold (though I know we could do better) and the flavor was well worth it! I want to keep this potato in mind for future summers.
This year's crop includes Music (a hard neck with big cloves and stores up to 9 months), Polish Softneck, and Italian Late (a soft neck that stores 6-9 months). Fingers crossed that this year's crop does well.