28 September 2013, by gj
We started three types of squash seeds indoors, and planted them in the new garden area.
Which variety was where, was clearly marked. Somewhat unusual for us.
This was the first fruit to develop where we planted the Kikuza squash. Only, well, it didn’t look like the picture on the seed packet.
In fact, it didn’t look like any of the pictures.
The skin was a dark green, and spotted. Much like the Sweet Baby watermelon growing nearby, also started indoors.
On closer examination though, it had a squash stem and certainly they were squash leaves.
So we decided all we could do is wait and see.
Then this popped up in the same area.
Obviously this one was a Kikuza squash. Though much larger, it looked like the picture on the seed packet.
Then the first squash started turning orange.
Now we know enough to be sure that this fruit cannot be the result of a cross pollination from our plants, for two reasons:
1. Crosses only show up in the next generation, and
2. We specifically chose varieties that cannot cross with each other.
Neat! Did we get an accidental hybrid in the seeds we purchased?
Is this a cross between a Tatume, which is a variety of zucchini and a pumpkin?
Then I remembered something I had read about the Tatume squash- even though it is a summer squash, if it is left on the vine long enough, it will develop a hard rind and can be stored like a winter squash.
So we looked up some images of Tatume, and sure enough there were pics that showed it in the green-turning-to-orange stage.
Gardening can be so much fun!
On the down side, we only did get one fruit.
And as much as we are anxious to taste it, we also want to see how it stores.
So into cold holding our Tatume zucchini goes, and we’ll let you know what happens.
Talk about ‘playing with your food’.