Friday, October 25, 2013
From this Tuesday at the Derwood Demo Garden:
The University of Maryland Maple Leaf Table, pretty much. I cleared out most of the leaves, harvested a bag of lettuce, and covered the tables with row cover to guard against frost. We still have some radishes growing, and lots of arugula, and hopefully the lettuce will survive.
And here is the last harvest (probably) of tromboncino squash:
This is the squash that, when other squashes give up and succumb to bugs or powdery mildew, just keeps going and going. It's a Cucurbita moschata type, so pretty resistant to our nemesis the squash vine borer, attracts many fewer squash bugs than other plants, and isn't bothered much by diseases. The fruit is tender up to a couple feet long; here I've harvested all the small ones as well because of anticipated freezing weather. The plants were still producing tiny squashes, too small to harvest. Its only disadvantage, for those of us gardening in restricted space, is that it's huge; the enormous vines will take over your garden if you can't convince them to climb a tall fence or trellis. I have a hint in this regard, after much trial and error: make sure your support is to the south of the squash plants. They'll ignore a beautiful trellis and clamber toward the sun, otherwise. (In case anyone's reading this in the Southern Hemisphere: other way around.)