Fried Squash

scorched squashUnfortunately I haven’t got any squash to fry and if thin gs carry on like this I won’t have any by the autumn either. I accidentally fried my squash plants. Last week I planted out some rather leggy squash plants in a tiny gap by the sweetcorn. I thought if I cut the top and bottom off some milk containers and put them round the squash it would protect them from slugs and hens. A friend said that it also helped keep his early courgettes warm – the key point here is that he was doing this in April and not in June – and more importantly not in the hottest week we have had so far this year. My little squash plants frazzled and fried – another lesson learnt!

Sad Squash

Sad Squash

squash and corn

squash and corn

 

On a happier note my first cucumbers are starting to come in the greenhouse.

Cucumber plant

Cucumber plant

First cucumbers

First cucumbers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also have some summer raspberries coming and some redcurrants ripening, so even if there is no squash there will be fruit.first raspberries

Ripening redcurrants

Ripening redcurrants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

destroyed raspberries

destroyed raspberries

But the naughty ducks have got some of the raspberries that I didn’t cover properly – every time they put a new tasty shoot out the ducks gobble it up. However, we do have other raspberry plants and we have had our first bowl.

raspberries3

Fruitcage, strawberries and Jerusalem artichokes on the left

Fruitcage, strawberries and Jerusalem artichokes on the left

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just in case you thought our fruit garden was a paragon of organisation and neatness here is a photo of the fruit cage and strawberry bed – now full of nettles! Percy the Peacock has jumped on the cage so many times it is a bit wrecked. The plan is to build a bigger, better one over the winter – I think. With luck and some rain this summer we might even get a good crop of almonds this year. We had lots last year, but a lack of water meant they were all mean and thin and thus not really worth the effort of cracking open the shell.

Almonds

Almonds

 

 

 

 

 

4 responses to “Fried Squash

  1. If you could bottle that incredible optimism you have when things don’t work out as you’d hoped I’d be a regular customer. You are a true gardener to be able to go on even when your efforts are squashed (pun intended). I rally in the face of our gardening calamities when I read your tales. Thank you again and again.

    • If I wasn’t an optimist about the garden I would just give it all up and weep quietly in the corner. I have friends with immaculate vegetable plots that I covet and envy, but they have more time. I have made peace with my messy, weedy, rubbish plot and I hope that one day my time will come and I will have the time to make a lovely one as well. x

  2. Pingback: Swiss chard redux and cucumbers | smallholding dreams·

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