Or maybe I should just call them gardening misadventures. I planted two kinds of cucumber seeds under a big bamboo teepee: some straight 8’s and some pickling cukes. I planted 3 kinds of squash in another area altogether.
A few days ago, this appeared in the cucumber patch. I did think of it being a squash, except I never had any of this kind of seeds and the other squash are planted away from this. So I went on to a FB gardeners page to ask why my cucumbers are yellow. Simple, they said, cos it’s a squash! I’m not familiar with squash and never planted any before this year. We all had some fun with that and I accepted the fact that I have one summer squash growing among my cucumbers.
But now there are three other plants in the same area that have things forming that are……..not cucumbers. So I went back on the FB page and said, ok, now I know that these are probably squash, can somebody tell me what kind, 3 plants with the same things forming?
So, some said lemon squash or 8 ball zucchini, and one said acorn squash, cos round squash all look very similar when they first start to develop. I never heard of any of them except the acorn squash, cos I’m not much of a squash person.
Seed companies can mix up seeds, and in this case it was a big mix up if that’s what happened, cos I have 4 foreign plants. Or, plants could have been allowed to cross pollinate and then the seeds that I planted might not produce a true fruit of any kind. It’s all a mystery, and we’ll just have to wait now and see what we get. I’m not much of a squash eater, but my DIL is and so are my friends across the alley, so everybody around here might have a lot of squash if these all do well.
I did plant 3 other kinds of squash in my 3 Sisters area. https://sarasinart.net/2016/06/13/three-sisters-2/ The spaghetti squash in that area are doing amazing.
I hope these new unintentional squash won’t over run my cucumbers and I have to end up buying cucumbers for canning pickles from the Amish veggie stand up the road. (The 3 Sisters area is able to be contained cos I planted it in a space big enough to do that.) I was tempted to pull these newcomers out, but they’re healthy and growing and I just don’t have the heart to do that.
Grow on, if you’re growing your own garden!