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Garden 2018
Garden 2018

Plants are outside - May 3

Plants are outside - May 3


Our garden plot

Front yard: 3 large pots with bush variety squash and/or climbing squash for the trellis hanging off the tree by the corner: turban, delicata, butternut. Rope from fence over tree branch and attached to other fence. Will attach ropes vertically and tie vines up to these. Might look like a suspension bridge such as the Golden Gate.
Delicata: excellent climber, also bushy. Sweet Dumpling: trellis. Butternut: trellis. Turban: trellis. Bush plants: Tomatoes, Chillies.
Back yard: Fairytale pumpkin, or other large sprawling squash. Most likely two varieties: fairytale and turban.

Id decided to add fertilizer, because I kept reading that the healthier your plants, the more resistant they are to pest and disease.
Grew these for the first time; high plains of Colorado. They were affected but not a favorite of the squash bugs. Quite prolific even though I planted late and from seed.
They suit our shorter, cooler summers.
Needs room if not bush variety.

Cherry, Roma, Big ones, Grape (tom thumb)


Our seed list

Green box:
pie pumpkin 10/21/17
buttercup 01/2018
Org delicata #4 03/18
golden apple 12/21/17
org butternut 01/18
butternut 04/18
sweet dumpling 12/30/17
organic pink banana 03/2018
casper pumpkin 04/2018
stripetti 12/21/17
peppers 01/10/17
jalapeno/poblano 2018
mystery seed 2017
mesclun mix 04/2018
red and white strawberry 04/2018

Blue box:
acorn 11/11/17
pumpkin (lg)
acorn squash 10/21/17
buttercup 11/11/17
buttercup 11/17
buttercup 10/17/17
pumpkin (large) 2017
butternut 12/06/17
delicata 12/06/17
delicata 12/06/17
mulato 04/18 (smoked)
jalapeno 01/10/17
seedless orange bell pepper 12/18/17
cayenne 01/10/17
chilli from neighborhood 11/29/17
pepper 01/10/17
canna lilies 01/10/17
daylilies 2017
rosehips 2017
mystery seed 01/10/17

Black box:
Turban buttercup 12/21/17
Musquee de Provence 12/21/17
Carnival acorn 12/30/17
Sweet Dumpling 12/21/17
Org kabocha 03/18
Org Delicata #2 02/07/18
Delicata x 2
Grass seeds 2017
Mystery Giant Flower 2017

Plant Shopping - April 30

Looking for habanero seeds.

Bok choy June 6

Fairytale Pumpkin - July 11

Our garden

Squash plants:
1 Fairytale
2 Pink Banana
2 Buttercup (turban)
1 possible Buttercup
1 pepo
1 possible pepo
1 possible casper
4 Early Butternut

4 Jalapenos
4 Bishops crown

Next year we are going to grow some seeds that we've saved. We mainly want to grow: small yellow tomato, big yellow tomato, Sunset bell peppers, and lots of delicata squash. Definitely will be growing red romaine again. Might be growing some unique hot pepper varieties from Kensington.


Plan for next year: Plant seeds early in January - Feb. Move seedlings out early.
In June or early July plant 2nd crop of squash seeds to be ready for transplanting in early August.

Harvested Fairytale - September 6

Next year's list:
Zucchino Rampicante Squash - a moschata zucchini, resistant to SVB.
Yellow grape tomatoes. Did really well this year.

Next year may also wipe stems and leaves down with Neem oil. Also may use yellow bowls of soap water to trap SVB moth.
Will try growing maxima and pepo squash along the ground, so vines can spread out and root. Hoping this will help them survive vine borers better.


2 years ago we decided to grow squash. We grew 11 types, including all our favourites. the flowers pollinated and turned into little squash fruits! we were so excited. Then the plants just started dying. we couldn't figure out what it was. we did some research and read about Squash Vine Borer. so we took a stem and split it open, and yes, it had SVB. bad. we tried to get rid of the SVB. We used flashlights to find them, cut them out, and patched the hole in the vine. We ust have been outnumbered, because all the plants died. Except one. we were fortunate enough to plant 1 C. moschata squash, the Fairytale, or Musquee de Provence. C. moschata squash have solid stem, so vine borers don't bother them, all other squash have hollow stems, perfect for borers. Our pumpkin grew pretty big, up to at least 10 pounds. Fro now on we only grow C. moschata squash. We grew honeynut, which is a cross of our favourite c. axima squash 'buttercup' and butternut, making a delicious new squash. they grow fine here and we love them! lesson learned, account for possible SVB and grow c. moschata as a back up!


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