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Into the heart of the squash…

Every vegetable deserves a closeup, right? To pull back a little… I cut into my last Piena di Napoli squash yesterday: (Never thought of my countertop as squash-colored before. Huh.) The occasion for making the cut (and the reason I’ll…

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Big squash update

Since my previous post on the subject, I’ve decided that my enormous squashes are perhaps not Rogosa Violina, but in fact Piena di Napoli (which are still green on the outside when ripe). I know, I should do a better job…

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Really big squash!

This is a squash I harvested today – I believe it’s Rogosa Violina ‘Gioia,’ an Italian butternut, assuming I’m not mixing my vines up. With good-sized Jarrahdale pumpkin (not grown by me) for size comparison. It’s supposed to turn tan…

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Get in touch with the land and stir up some memories

Guest post by Kurt Jacobson If you were fortunate enough to have a relative that owned a farm when you were growing up you know that farms are special places. I had an aunt and uncle in Sikeston, Missouri whose farm I…

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This year’s best veggies

The year is not over yet in the Derwood Demo Garden – we hope to keep producing well into the fall and even winter, and to add quite a bit to our current total of 1471 pounds donated to Manna…

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A few cucurbit links

Here are some links I’ve come across recently dealing with our plant family of the year. The Southern Exposure Seed Exchange blog has advice about using winter squash as summer squash. Most of the squashes we let mature to fully ripe…

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Cucurbits in green and white

Another view of one of the many beautiful gourds from the one volunteer plant that has taken over multiple yards of space at the Derwood Demo Garden (do not plant this in your 100-square-foot plot!). There are so many enormous gourds…

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