Summer Squash Time

This month has been busy with getting the tomatoes staked and harvesting beans, potatoes, garlic, onions and squash – the zucchini is going rampant! ┬áIt would be fair to say that I over-planted zucchini and each and every one is producing very well. Within a few days of the first flowers, which were male flowers, the female flowers started. Some of the male flowers are huge!

Male squash flowers

Male squash flowers

 

This will be a female flower which will likely open tomorrow morning

This will be a female flower which will likely open tomorrow morning

Last month I saw an interesting way to stake tomatoes which I am trying – not before time as the tomatoes are also way to big to not be staked. The idea was from the turn of the last century and the tomatoes were supported by a grid of wood. The two foot grid is horizontal at a height of about 2 ft. The tomatoes are supported here but not trussed upright. This gives shade to the roots and still allows for easy harvesting. I have a bunch of plastic pipe in the garage to make the structure later today or maybe the weekend There are lots of tomatoes but they are still green right now.

 


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