In my last post, I talked about my whopper squashes being the ‘good’ in the good, bad and ugly of high summer. However, this big, incredibly productive 2018 vintage has also become the bad…
‘Bad?’ I hear you cry! ‘How can massive squashes be bad?’
Well, let me explain.
When your main bed is 12ft by 6ft, and the two squashes that you plant out in two of the corners grow so large that they take over three quarters of that bed, you’ve got a few problems.
So this year, my butternut squashes are outrageous.
Like, I’ve-never-seen-anything-quite-like-it-before levels of outrageousness.
I planted 2 squash plants on the edge of a raised bed in Spring, with the idea that I would be able to train the runners to grow out and along the path, rather than sprawl over the rest of the bed. As you’ll see from the photo, this hasn’t been the case, and my two squash plants have basically turned triffid, but a nice one.
Talking of greenhouses, spring is a time when they really come into their own, especially when temperatures are still struggling. They’re normally full to the brim with lovely, healthy seedlings, waiting to be planted out onto the plot.
Except this year, mine’s isn’t.