Sunday, August 17, 2008

The daily squash report

The acorns are both still kicking, although the one I planted amid the cantaloupes is kind of stunted, probably due to it being planted in barely-amended native soil. The control squash is growing like crazy. I'll have to expound on these confounding factors when I submit my paper to the American Journal of Squash Growin'.

In sad news, the butternut has succumbed to Tha Itis.


That's the sad sight I found when rearranging its stems today. I've been checking daily for moth eggs and have seen none. I had been assuming that its poor growth was due to the brutal heat that has burnt its growing tip to a crisp twice, but it looks like the little bastards snuck in on me.

On a positive note, the Tromboncino planted 3 feet away seems fine so far. This might give some support to Matt's vine vs. bush idea -- my butternut was a bushy variety while the Tromboncino is very viny.

Now, if I can just keep the survivors alive for a couple more weeks, I may be set. And hey, it only got up to 93 today. Cold front!

1 Comments:

Blogger Lewru said...

You know, that's odd, but my experience with squash this year was the same a Matt's. The butternut self-seeded, came up super early out of the transplanted compost, and went wild. It's still producing. But several other types I tried later in the year gave up the ghost before reaching 2 feet in length. Wonder if time of year could affect it, too? I first noticed my volunteer on March 29 which is ridiculously early.

August 18, 2008 8:52 AM  

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