In one of my raised garden beds, on May 20 I planted seeds directly into the ground, one mound each of:
- Butternut squash (Waltham)
- Acorn squash (Early Hybrid)
- Zucchini (Black Beauty)
- Gourds (Small Fancy Mix)
- Pumpkin (Jack-o-Lantern)
By June 10th, this is what my squash looked like:
By July 1st, the squash had really taken off:
However, bad news, I think the nasty squash vine borers got to my plants. None of my plants have died yet, but I will definitely be keeping a close eye on them. Unfortunately, I hear there is nothing I can do at this point in time besides plant another crop of plants and keep a close eye on them to get rid of any larvae that shows up.
But, for now, I have squash plants that are flowering. It does seem like I have a lot more male flowers than female flowers, so I was worried I may not end up with any squash. Much to my relief, I found this beautiful female acorn squash flower in the garden this morning. Now I just hope that when the flower opens, I will have a nice male flower to pollinate it with.