I read all the post and it is funny when we get surprised. Now I tried seeds and somethings grew. I had to go buy planrts and I got some squash but to my surprise it looks like I am growing bananas because they are almost a foot long and start out white and then turn yellow. Picked one white and it didn't look ripe so I didn't eat it. I have things coming up all over my year. Asparagus are growing under my trees and bushed so I am going to dig them when weather gets cooler and put them in the patch where they belong. There must be 20 of them. It is fun working in the yard and garden sorry winter is on its way. Have fun and smile.
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Aha- my mystery plant FINALLY has a fruit on it- it's green and just bigger than a marble. Just a shame that it's now probably too late in the year for it to grow and ripen. But I shall try to nurture it.
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I planted some squash plants in dustbins full of compost, as I only have a yard , and they're doing better than I expected, but I also had another seed germinate from in the compost, that could be either a melon or a pumpkin, (the remains of both of these have been added to the compost bin). The resultant plant has grown well, but so far has only produced flowers that fall off, and no fruit. Our English weather isn't really conducive for squashes, and as it's now September and the days are getting cool and damp the leaves are starting to go mouldy. Shame. I would have liked a pumpkin for Halloween (Pumpkin Soup- Yum!)
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I love those surprises that can grow out of the compost pile. THis year I transplanted a couple next to an extended fence. They are growing the most beautiful butternut squashes, a great number of them.
No, I think unripe pumpkins still have the pumpkin shape, just green rather than orange.
We had a mystery squash grow next to the composter last year - looked just like a watermelon, but when I tried to cut it, the rind was like wood! DH had to take a SAW to it! It was some kind of squash, and it was tasty. I assume that it was from seeds of one of the hybrid squash that we had grown the previous year, and the seeds would not produce the same fruit as the hybrid.
We have another squash that volunteered in the tomato patch this year. At first we thought it was a hubbard (we had tons of that last year) but it's shaping up like a pumpkin. No matter - whatever it is, we will eat it.
Interesting. I have also had seeds grow from my compost in the past - cantelope I believe. This year I bought "bush" cucumbers at the garden center and they are vining all over the place! Still - aren't garden experiments fun?
We planted Zucchini next to Pink Banana Winter Squash and got what seems to be a hybrid: Zucchini that taste almost like Zucchini but store for many months throughout the winter. We planted the next generation this spring from seed we saved and they seem to turn out the same way except this year they are yellow. We gave some seed to a neighbor to try and theirs is not working out. Every fruit stops growing when it's about 4 inches. Really weird! Birgit
LOL! strange thing happened to me, I planted squash but the seeds never germinated, instead some melon seeds that was in the worm compost came up. Great confusion and admiration followed watching these weird "squash" grow, it was only when the fruit formed when I discovered my mistake
Okay, lesson learned, be more careful about labeling what I grow! I always think I will remember what I've planted & where, I forget that I'm over 30 & drank too much in my 20's so I don't have the greatest memory! Anyway, I planted alot of squash & melons. Something is growing like CRAZY in my garden, I thought, by the looks of it that it was a watermelon! I was actually going to give it to one of my sons who loves watermelon. But, I thought I'd better harvest one, because it was getting pretty big! cut it open....imagine my surprise when it wasn't even close to a watermelon! It is a squash! I have NO idea what kind of squash! I baked it...because, honestly, what else could I do? It taste like butternut or pumpkin, kind of sweet. I've never seen a squash like it! Really, it looked on the outside like a watermelon! I wonder if it is a pumpkin & just wasn't ready to harvest, so is under ripe. Silly me! But, I have several more growing, it would be nice to know what they are! Ugggg! mental note, next year, clearly mark what you are growing, where!
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