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Kitchen adventures: squash and beets

I recently came into possession of a Very Large Squash (one of the zucchetta rampicante or tromboncino tribe, which get enormous but stay tender) and naturally decided that I was going to make ridiculous amounts of zucchini bread and freeze…

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Cucumber and squash mosaic virus prevention

This fall I took over an abandoned plot at the South Germantown Community Garden, one of a network of community gardens run by Montgomery County Parks.  (My garden at home is increasingly shady, and I am so happy to be…

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Soup and Winter Squash

Winter squash taking over west side of the garden My summer squash did diddly this year — I planted seeds three times and three times the critters ate the plants before they could get to any size at all. Fortunately,…

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Know your pumpkins?

A pumpkin may just be a pumpkin to you and me, but in “Cucurbita 101: A Pumpkin Guide” on the Vegetable Gardener website, Greg Holdsworth divides the field into four categories.  CLICK HERE here to learn more about these favorites…

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Pattypan squash

Pattypan squash, also known as  sunburst squash, cibleme in Cajun French , pâtisson in French and Europe, white squash, scallopini, scallop squash, granny squash, custard marrow,  custard squash or button squash is a North American native squash.  Member of the…

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What can I do with a bucketful of squash?

Squash surplus! Yellow squash and green squash—Pic-N-Pic and zucchini—a bucket full of squash—actually another bucket of squash. Neighbors grimace but do their duty and reluctantly take “just one or two” while proclaiming, “We aren’t great squash fans” or “We’re not…

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Grow, Grow, Squashzilla!

For years, I have devoted one of my garden beds to two of the traditional “three sisters” grown by Native Americans.  My corn and squash have always been content with this arrangement, but the third “sister”, beans, has its own…

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