Winter spaghetti squash and baby pumpkins

Although I feel like I am way behind with seed planting I am hoping that todays sowing of squashes and pumpkins will  have enough time to get established and bear an abundance of fruits. I have sown 10 spaghetti squashes, each plant should produce between 5-7 fruits and be ready to harvest in autumn providing we have a half decent summer. I haven’t grown this variety before but they look intiguing. The hard outer skin ripens to a soft, buff colour, opening the squash will reveal flesh that looks and behaves just like spaghetti! I can’t wait! I am looking forward to mouth watering dishes such as spaghetti squash with tomato and basil sauce (better sow the basil!) or spaghetti squash tossed in olive oil, seasoned with pepper and topped with melted mozzarella. Mmmm any more suggestions are very welcome.

Pumpkin Baby Bear

I grow this one every year for this reason. Pumpkins and squashes grow along the ground and can reach a fair distance if left unchecked. Growing them up supports such as wig wams, arches and even sheds is a great space saving technique. Small varieties, such as Baby Bear, are ideal with each plant producing 6-8 fruits. The pumpkins themselves are around 15cms in diameter, enough to fill a pie or make a delicious soup. When the skins are tough and orange in colour, dry them out on a sunny day before storing in a well ventilated shed.

Squashes and pumpkins enjoy growing in a sunny spot in fertile soil. They don’t like the cold so wait until the weather warms up before planting seedlings out. When the fruits have set and begin to swell, tuck a bit of straw underneath to prevent them rotting on the soil.

 

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