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Post  trolleydriver on 8/4/2017, 10:02 am

A sweet melon after the morning rain.




Canada Crookneck Squash.




Two photos of Cucamelons.






Pollinators on the Canada Crookneck Squash plants.






Overcrowded Table Top with Kale, Lobelia and Nasturtium.

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Post  Turan on 8/4/2017, 11:56 am

Are you liking the cucamelons? How are you using them?
YEah, squash pollinators!

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Post  trolleydriver on 8/4/2017, 12:05 pm

Turan wrote:Are you liking the cucamelons?  How are you using them?
YEah, squash pollinators!
This is my first time growing them and I have not tried them yet. I'll probably just munch them out in the garden before they get to the house.  Very Happy

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Post  Abiqua Ike on 8/4/2017, 12:16 pm

Is a cucamelon the one they call sandita at the bodega? I've been curious about those.
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Post  trolleydriver on 8/4/2017, 12:28 pm

Abiqua Ike wrote:Is a cucamelon the one they call sandita at the bodega? I've been curious about those.
Cucamelon is also known as Mousemelon, Sandita, and Mexican Sour Gherkin. So yes, they are Sandita.

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Post  trolleydriver on 8/4/2017, 7:07 pm

Something has been eating this Roma Tomato.




I have one Pinstripe Eggplant and it is still quite small.

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Post  trolleydriver on 8/5/2017, 2:03 pm

My Canada Crookneck Squash plants have/had a lot of what look like small yellow squash but which turn brown and drop off.  here is an example of one.




I have one that is the same shape as the small yellow "buds" but it is much larger and green in color.  I went out early this morning to find that it had produced a huge flower. I am hoping this one will grow into a nice squash.




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Post  Abiqua Ike on 8/5/2017, 6:24 pm

Are you sure those weren't male flowers?

The one on the bottom looks male, as close as I can squint.
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Post  trolleydriver on 8/5/2017, 6:38 pm

Abiqua Ike wrote:Are you sure those weren't male flowers?

The one on the bottom looks male, as close as I can squint.
That's what I thought initially.  There are large male flowers near the base of the plant and each one has a long thin stalk connecting it to the main stem. The flower in the photo is at the end of a miniature squash located close to the end of one of the long vines (about 4 feet from the base of the plant). The middle parts of the flowers (stamens and stigmas) are noticeably different as well. 

BTW ... The two bottom photos in my previous post are different views of the same flower.

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Post  sanderson on 8/6/2017, 12:22 pm

Keeping my fingers crossed for you TD.

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Post  trolleydriver on 8/7/2017, 9:26 am

sanderson wrote:Keeping my fingers crossed for you TD.
Thanks sanderson.

Here is a sample of things harvested this morning. Some will go into a smoothie and others will be eaten as is.

On the front row is our first ripe Sweet Million Tomato and three Cucamelons (look like mini watermelons and taste like cucumbers). Behind them is a Pickling Cucumber and a Slicing Cucumber. In the next row is a small English Telegraph Cucumber, a Nasturtium flower, some Blue Curled Scottish Kale and a Golden Zucchini. In back is a Swiss Chard leaf.


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Post  trolleydriver on 8/7/2017, 12:47 pm

Look what I found in our 4x4 SFG bed of everbearing strawberries.



And here is the only Canada Crookneck Squash that is showing any real growth. The vine on which this growing is 4.5 feet above the MM and has only 3.5 feet to go to get to the top of megatrellis.  
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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/7/2017, 12:57 pm

Berries! Do you know the variety of your everbearing, TD?
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Post  trolleydriver on 8/7/2017, 1:00 pm

CapeCoddess wrote:Berries!   Do you know the variety of your everbearing, TD?
Unfortunately no. Sorry CC.

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Post  Turan on 8/7/2017, 11:22 pm

My winter squash are just setting fruit now as well. This is about usual for me. They will mature by October close enough.

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Post  trolleydriver on 8/8/2017, 8:55 am

Turan wrote:My winter squash are just setting fruit now as well.  This is about usual for me.  They will mature by October close enough.
Good to know. Thanks.

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Post  Robbomb116 on 8/8/2017, 9:12 am

Turan wrote:My winter squash are just setting fruit now as well.  This is about usual for me.  They will mature by October close enough.

Do you provide some protection of some sort? Or do you not get a frost by then? Or do they still mature after a frost? My winter squashes are just starting to set fruit and my first frost date is in late September.
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Post  Turan on 8/8/2017, 10:34 am

Robbomb116 wrote:Do you provide some protection of some sort? Or do you not get a frost by then? Or do they still mature after a frost?  My winter squashes are just starting to set fruit  and my first frost date is in late September.

My first frost date is usually Sept 7th, but it is a light frost and followed by Indian summer. I try to make sure everything is well watered, and I will throw sheets over the squash. What happens is that the big outer leaves of the squash get burnt but the fruit and smaller leaves are fine. The squash really goes into hyper drive for ripening fruit then. A killing frost is usually a couple to 4 weeks later. Of course, running so close to the line means some years I get no squash or corn at all, but most years I get plenty.

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Post  trolleydriver on 8/9/2017, 9:40 am

A morning smile from this morning's SFG harvest.


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Post  trolleydriver on 8/9/2017, 2:43 pm

Two of the grandkids came over and raided Mrs TD's everbearing raspberry bushes. Not a bad haul for them to take home. The neat thing is that the kids are low enough to the ground that they can get right underneath and pick the berries we miss.





The lonely Canada Crookeck is literally "hanging in" there and continues to put on length and weight.



And this looks like another little green Canada Crookneck starting on its journey.

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Post  sanderson on 8/10/2017, 3:23 am

Aren't grandkids fun! I think my lone Canadian is about 5", also. The race is on!

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Post  trolleydriver on 8/10/2017, 8:10 am

sanderson wrote:Aren't grandkids fun!  I think my lone Canadian is about 5", also.  The race is on!
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And now for this morning's grab from the SFG. Two Roma Tomatoes, a bunch of Golden Wax Beans and one Purple Bush Bean.

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Post  sanderson on 8/11/2017, 7:18 pm

6 3/4" Very Happy

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Post  trolleydriver on 8/16/2017, 6:00 pm

Been away for a week so it was nice to see what has been happening in the garden.

The Canada Crookneck Squash has achieved a length of 9-1/2 inches.



The squash plants are inching their way to the top of the megatrellis.



I can't wait to taste my very first True Black Brandywine tomato.



And as expected, there has been an explosion of cucumbers.

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Post  trolleydriver on 8/17/2017, 12:12 pm

I checked our 4x4 SFG bed of everbearing strawberries this morning and was rewarded with a little harvest of red beauties. There would have been many more but they were touching the MM and rotted. There are many more in various stages of growth and ripening so I put straw under them to keep them off the MM.


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