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Before and After: Mystery Squash

Remember when I found these mystery seedlings taking over my row of beets?

I pulled up many of the mystery seedlings, but left a few in the garden, since my curiosity was piqued. Well, that tiny little seedling has now become something of a monster plant. I've had to trellis it two separate times, and now I think my best bet to deal with its massive size is to simply drape it on the ground, outside of the garden box.

To see what it looks like now,


I'm betting this squash is a butternut squash, but either way I'll know soon enough. There are already half a dozen fruits forming on this monster, whose leaves are bigger than my head. I'm proud of my mystery squash; I'm just not sure what I'm going to do with all of its bounty. Any readers have some good squash recipes?

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amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 7 years
Very pretty!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
I grow BN squash and hubby makes a risotto with it. I'm not the rice cooker in the house but he usually just uses chicken stock, garlic, onions, splash of good sherry, sometimes mushrooms and lots of hard cheese (that you like) and we make enought to eat it the next day. Some might say too mushy but I love it. I also cut them open and roast with brown sugar, butter, garlic and sage. Eat it with a salad.
adelka adelka 7 years
So pretty! :)
nancita nancita 7 years
Oh my god! That garden box has come such a long way in a short time.
linb linb 7 years
My mother put up a few birdhouses in her backyard a few months ago. The birds tend to throw some of the birdseed on the ground, and now she has squash and corn growing in her backyard. She makes an awesome squash casserole.
bizzybee bizzybee 7 years
Butternut squash soup - yummy.
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