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!