Playing in the Dirt

For those of you that have followed my blog on AllRecipes.com you know my about my volunteer army of seedlings from the compost pile.   Fun times in the garden this spring as I tilled and dug in last years compost.

Lesson learned.  My compost contained many seeds from tomatoes and various squash that we eat – those ended up growing, in mass, in my little garden.  I pulled, thinned and weeded but there were some that looked so hardy that I hesitated to pull them.  

As they grew, I knew I was in trouble but the bees loved the blossoms and I felt bad just yanking out thriving plants that were obviously seedlings and not weeds.   What are weeds anyway?  

So now the question is, what the heck kind of squash do I have growing and when the heck should I harvest them?  

 

Mystery Squash

Mystery Squash – Mystery Solved. This is a Red Kuri squash

 

A bigger one - seems to be the same variety.

A bigger one – seems to be the same variety, but looks more like a pumpkin.

I have always thought that you needed to wait until the vine died back and the stem dried before you harvested pumpkins or winter squash but these dudes seem to keep growing and growing.  They never seem to stop.  Every week I have to cut them back off the walkway.  

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