This is the year of mystery plants growing in our garden. The strangest by far is an abundance of mystery squash. Last year we had a wonderful crop of yellow crookneck squash. Here is a picture of one bountiful trip to the garden last year:
See the nice yellow squash, as well as cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes and blackberries? Well, we had lots of squash last year. We had yellow crookneck squash coming out our ears! Well, not really, but we had enough to perfect some nice summer squash recipes that I’ll be sharing soon (as soon as I have some usable squash).
This year we planted again and this is a recent harvest:
Now, the giant zucchini I can use (although I was a bit surprised by size and shape of my one and only zucchini so far). But the orange, yellow and white pumpkin-like squash are rock hard. At first I thought they may be a type of patty pan squash and that I didn’t harvest them early enough, but even the new young ones seem unusable. Here are some young ones on the vine and they really are rock hard:
They are coming up in two areas of the garden. We only planted summer squash in one area. The second area is near where we have previously grown miniature pumpkins (volunteers from throwing those small decorative Halloween pumpkins out in the corner of the garden).
We purchased this year’s seeds from the local feed store. They have some of those bulk seed bins, where you use a scoop, put the seeds in an envelope or bag and then label it yourself. This is what we bought:
Maybe my summer squash and my winter squash have evolved to a new bizarro squash. Or maybe the seeds were mixed up in the bins. Who knows! But we have bought new seeds (with a nice picture on the front of the packet of a yellow crookneck squash), they are planted and we hope to get some usable squash before the Texas heat does its usual job on the garden.
Do you have any mystery plants in your garden?
Keep cool, y’all!