Saturday, July 12, 2008

Squash vines and blueberries

The rain this last week came just in time for the current crop of blueberries. The earlier berries were staying dry and sour from lack of water, then shriveling up. Blueberries (we grow rabbit-eye blueberries, Vaccinium asheii, in the Southern U.S.) are usually trouble-free, drought-tolerant, and attractive, too, in addition to producing lots of berries without any fuss.

The squash 'beds' are turning the satellite garden into a squash carpet, as they sprawl down the slope, and around the garden. They require frequent monitoring for errant direction (up neighboring shrubs, the tomato cages, bean trellises, etc.). The mystery squashes definitely need eating when they're quite small (and delicious), as they're tough-skinned and seedy if left to become large. And the tromboncino squashes are starting to produce more heavily -- hmm, perhaps I should have only planted one?

Since the woodchuck ate everything last summer but onions, garlic, and tomatoes (it seemed like), I think I thought I needed an insurance policy with extra seeds!

1 comment:

  1. Here's something I do with surplus zucchini:
    Wash and grate the zucchini. Steam it over a couple inches of water for just a couple of minutes. Pack it into freezer bags. Cool down the bags by placing them in a bowl of cold water and then freeze. I use it mostly for zucchini bread (pack the bags with the amount your recipe calls for) but it's also good in soups or rice or anything that needs a very quick cooking vegetable. Oh, and once thawed you'll probably need to drain it a bit before using it.

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