Today I had to trim some of the butternut squash vines back so we could mow by the fence.
A few small squash were sacrificed, but it's not like I need that many anyway.
They sure are big and beautiful!
There seems to be more on the fence than on the ground in the garden.
I counted 14 large butternuts at the fence, and I know there are several more in the garden. I think I'll start snipping off the small ones, because I'm really in squash overload!
This one is nice and fat, and nearly 11" long.
But this one, on the ground in the garden, is the largest I've seen so far at over 13".
There are several smaller ones, too. These are all close to 10" long so far.
The Fall Garden
It was over 100F outside again today, so I didn't get very much done.
I made carrot seed tapes last night, so got them all planted this morning. I'm covering them with narrow boards until they germinate, hopefully it will keep them from cooking in this heat. I also started making a makeshift trellis for the snap peas. I was going to pound in a fence post, but I needed something higher than the metal posts I had, so I grabbed the old lattice panel and screwed one side of it to the fence. I cut lengths of wire fencing and hooked them over the top of the fence, then used small cable ties to fasten the first one to the lattice. I'm also connecting each of the narrow wire fence panels together with the small cable ties. I really wanted a trellis I could walk behind, but this will have to do. At least I can reach through the openings in the fencing if need be. I still have more sections to put up, but the heat was too stifling so I had to go inside.
This afternoon I pulled all the early corn stalks from their section of the east garden, then dumped a bucket of composted cow manure right in the middle. I planted a hill of cucumbers there, as I expect the early ones to give up the ghost within another month. Maybe we can get a few fresh cucumbers here before the first frost. See my neighbor's 5' high crabgrass going to seed next to the fence? Isn't that nice? Just what I love to see next to my garden :-(