I finished tearing out the dead squash vines today and got my first good look at what we grew for the season. It seems like some of the squash plants did well, others average, and a few quite poorly.
We planted one Magic Lantern and got back 4 beautiful pumpkins. I was really impressed with how nice they looked.
We planted two Howden squash and got back four pumpkins. They had a few blemishes on them and weren’t as uniform, but they were still very pretty.
I said I wasn’t going to and then I did: I planted another Dill’s Atlantic Giant which turned out rather diminutive. We got one pumpkin off one plant. These pumpkins are so ugly that unless you want to devote the time to make a super-duper-uber gigantic pumpkin they never really impress. Next year I am swearing off them for good. Maybe. It’s not really a loss either way, because the chickens and geese will eat it. Actually they’ll eat all the other pumpkins too, as I didn’t grow any pie pumpkins.
I planted two Mesa Queen acorn squash and we got back nineteen. This plant seems to do really well here, much like the Spaghetti squash.
Two Sweet Meat plants produced seven squash. Some of the squash were big and some of them were small. I thought they looked really pretty. This is our first successful Sweet Meat harvest.
Lastly, we had a pathetic showing on the one Delicata squash we planted. Only three squash developed. I liked the colors in them as they remind me of someone painting stripes with watercolors.