Monday, May 7, 2012

i planted winter squash today...

I think it is too early.  It has been raining and cold here for the past week, but this weekend it was warm and sunny.  I immediately wanted to plant something.  So I decided on my favorite winter squash, blue hubbard.  My mom used to grow these in her garden.  I have wanted to grow them every year since we moved into our house (seven years ago).  They can grow quite large.  The ones my mom used to grow would be around 20 lbs.


Most people have butternut squash at Thanksgiving, we are blue hubbard people.  When I was little I used to call it old mother hubbard squash.  It would give my mom a good laugh.  And now, when we talk about our Thanksgiving menu, I will ask her if she got the old mother hubbard squash from the market.  Trying to cut that thing open is pretty much impossible, so we like to have a little game of throwing them as hard off the deck onto a piece of cement as possible.  It definitely is a fun thing to do the day before Thanksgiving when we are getting food ready!


There has always been some reason or another that it didn't happen.  This year, I finally did it.  But, if it is too early, I have a backup plan.  I am planting some indoors as well, to have has seedlings which I will plant at the end of the month.  It is a vegetable that I have a lot of good memories about.  Funny how we can feel so connected to certain foods, for me it is blue hubbard squash, and my mom's sugar cookies.


I am itching to be outside this year though.  Most years I don't even get outside until the end of May, not because the weather isn't nice, but because we are zone 5a (we were 4b until just recently).  I have been pushing the envelope a bit more in the past couple of years.  We have had some pretty big frosts in the past couple of weeks though, and I am sure my spinach is fried.  Peas are doing well though, and so is the garlic.


I guess I feel such an urgency on making sure I have as much in the garden as possible.  Making sure that we have food to eat is slightly more stressful than me goofing off with how many different varieties of tomatoes and peppers I can plant in as small a space as possible.  With a very short growing season, having enough never seems possible if I do it on my own, but I am giving it my best effort!

Is there something you have always wanted to plant, but haven't?  Will this be the year you try?  Do you have a short or long growing season?  All of you bloggers with tomatoes already ripening, if you want to send the warm weather my way, I would appreciate it!

I am linking up at the Barn Hop and Rural Thursday!  And I know the chicken pictures have nothing to do with my planting of winter squash, but it was their first time outside this weekend, and I figured they would be a lot nicer to look at than a couple of hills of dirt!

16 comments:

  1. I've never grown my own squash before. I'll have to give it ago this year! :)

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    1. I think that everything you grow yourself tastes better, maybe it is all the extra effort you have to go to. I grew spaghetti squash a couple summers ago, and it was the most amazing spaghetti squash I had eaten. I think perhaps I like food a little too much :-)

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  2. I have never heard of that variety of squash before. I am going to have to look it up. It is hot outside here! Miserably so. One of my tomato stems broke yesterday. I lost half of a tomato plant :(.

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    1. Oh no! I have had that happen to my tomatoes before too. Sometimes they get too heavy, or sometimes a little person runs through the garden...Here is a little history on blue hubbard squash http://www.thebigapplefarm.com/bluehubbard.htm I don't know if it is only a new england thing, I know that a lot of people haven't heard of them, but they are delicious mashed with butter and salt :-)

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  3. I love hearing about your growing season as it is so different from mine. We plant peas and spinach in January! Saturday we were 95 degrees and I am just hopeing my lettuce didn't bolt. I would be glad for you to some of this weather and maybe you could send a little cool breeze this direction! :)

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    1. 95 degrees...wow! We get about one week of 95 degree weather at the end of July. But, once August comes, it starts feeling like fall again. I have some lettuce seeds and hope to get it in the ground in the next couple of weeks :-) It is amazing to see the different climates all over this country, we have such a wide range of zones and what grows well some places, is horrible in other places. I wouldn't mind having a little longer growing season though...perhaps I can figure out how to do some cold frames for the fall/early winter before we are buried by snow.

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  4. I planted zucchini and summer squashes. My garden needs a desperate weeding - it rained so much last week I couldn't get out there and now I'm going to pay for it.

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    1. weeding...definitely not my favorite thing to do. I love summer squash and zucchini. My mom makes a really awesome zucchini bread, but a few years ago I tried zucchini relish for the first time, and realized I needed to grow enough zukes to have that relish, it is delicious!

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    2. I made zucchini relish last summer and canned it. We enjoyed it all winter and it's definitely a repeat this summer! :-)

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    3. would love you to share the recipe you used!

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  5. I'm zone 6 (outskirts of St Louis, MO) and we have just been able to plant things other than cool season lettuce, radish, etc. due to late frosts. In the past we have had tomatoes, peppers and the normal vegetables but this year we planted tomatillos so we can make some great salsa! Also I started an herb garden, culinary for now but will exapand it to medicinal as well. So pretty even if you don't use them much. My husband made me limit the zucchini and cucumbers this year as we had a bumper crop last summer.

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  6. I have never heard of that type of squash. I am planting summer squash, butternut squash and zucchini. I always want corn and strawberries and can't seem to get them to grow :(

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  7. i'm going to try watermelon this year...i always say i am then the time passes...but i will get to the nursery and buy some watermelon plants this weekend!

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  8. i only grow herbs, but i'd love to grow my own squash too.

    thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!!:)

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  9. I have 8 tomato plants on the window sill ready to go -- but it's been too warm and windy to put them out. Maybe this weekend...

    Love your little chicks. Thank you for sharing at Rural Thursdays this week.

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  10. Wow, looks great! Found you on the blog hop, would love a follow back! http://sassyshopperreviews.blogspot.com/ Good luck with the garden. :)

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