July 29, 2011

As a testament to the fact that I have never before grown squash, I planted the vast majority of my squash plants (no idea what type of squash - they came in a mixed seed packet) within a foot of a chainlink fence we share with our neighbors.  Our neighbors are pretty cool - they’re vegetarians and raise rescue fowl and believe in sustainable natural living as much as we do so we get along quite well.  They also think that Charlotte is cute, so that helps.  But nobody really wants someone else’s weird squash plants reaching through the fence, right?

Mental note: next year, plant the squash where they can SPRAWL.  Maybe that way a squash will actually ripen on my side of the fence too.  Wouldn’t that be cool?

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  1. By Tracey Becker on July 29, 2011

    I was out in my garden this morning after 4 days of vacation during which is rained every day and was very HOT. I was pulling some weeds and picking tomatoes when I noticed a very large plant just outside of my garden’s fencing. I was about to pull it up when I looked at my neighbor’s garden, just on the other side of the fence. It appears that we have a rogue zucchini/squash/??? plant that has made the jump to our yard. Free food! Never a bad thing.

  2. By elizabeth Mackey on July 29, 2011

    I wouldn’t mind! I think they are so amazing how they seem to grow several inches overnight. We grew some “Big Max” pumpkins one year, and had so much fun charting how big the runner leaves were, as well as the actual enormous pumpkin. You should try those, they are lots of fun for kids.

  3. By Widelawns on July 30, 2011

    I would love someone’s weird squash coming through my fence! My neighbors have pretty yellow flowers that peek through ours and I was just commenting how I love that they do that.

  4. By Sarah Christensen on July 30, 2011

    Widelawns - The solution is to move near me apparently.  I have like eight different types of squash fruiting on the other side of the fence lol!

    Elizabeth - Thanks for the recommendation; I’ll give them a try next year.  Right now we have a couple types of smaller pumpkins and it’s so cool watching them grow, but I think Charlotte would like it more if she could visibly see the difference more quickly.





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