Pumpkins!
These are just a few of the squashes and pumpkins we ended up with. On Halloween the little kids said, “Pumpkins! All different colors!”

Pumpkins!

These are just a few of the squashes and pumpkins we ended up with. On Halloween the little kids said, “Pumpkins! All different colors!”

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Pepper harvest 2013

First frost expected tonight, so we’re bringing everything in.

Pepper harvest 2013

First frost expected tonight, so we’re bringing everything in.

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Okra flower in the morning. :)

Okra flower in the morning. :)

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Squash haul of the day. 
Tromboncino, Korean squashes, butternut. (Plus a few okras)

Squash haul of the day.

Tromboncino, Korean squashes, butternut. (Plus a few okras)

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James w. 4 tromboncino squashes.

James w. 4 tromboncino squashes.

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Squash flowers
Here’s what I learned this year: Squash plants have male and female flowers. Male flowers have long stems; female have short stems, sometimes with a part resembling the mature vegetable. If the female flower is not fertilized, sadly, no squash. The little base of the flower that resembles the squash will drop off. :(
On left: male flowers (note long stems)
On right: female Butternut Squash flower (see base of flower)

Squash flowers

Here’s what I learned this year: Squash plants have male and female flowers. Male flowers have long stems; female have short stems, sometimes with a part resembling the mature vegetable.

If the female flower is not fertilized, sadly, no squash. The little base of the flower that resembles the squash will drop off. :(

On left: male flowers (note long stems)
On right: female Butternut Squash flower (see base of flower)

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Squash
L to R: Tromboncino (we call this one the Flugelhorncino), more Tromboncino (at least 8 growing now), Butternut almost ready (about 6 growing), bigger Butternut (not as yellow though). We also have 2 medium Korean squash on the vine. These are not doing well this year: much vine, little fruit.

Squash

L to R: Tromboncino (we call this one the Flugelhorncino), more Tromboncino (at least 8 growing now), Butternut almost ready (about 6 growing), bigger Butternut (not as yellow though).

We also have 2 medium Korean squash on the vine. These are not doing well this year: much vine, little fruit.

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Some of our hot peppers
This has been a good year for peppers. All doing well. 
Three of the hot peppers:
L to R: Habaneros, Burning Bush (will be red later), Fresno (medium hot)

Some of our hot peppers

This has been a good year for peppers. All doing well.

Three of the hot peppers: L to R: Habaneros, Burning Bush (will be red later), Fresno (medium hot)

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Three rows (of seven)
See okra on back of left row. Producing enough now for meal every 2 days. Middle row has rigging for tomatoes. Right row rigging allows upper canopy for squash vines.

Three rows (of seven)

See okra on back of left row. Producing enough now for meal every 2 days. Middle row has rigging for tomatoes. Right row rigging allows upper canopy for squash vines.

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First tromboncino squash!!

First tromboncino squash!!

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