Unplanted Bounty By Sally Thackery

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Composting is a must for gardeners, and sometimes provides an unexpected bounty. Although I don’t remember ever seeing this type of squash, apparently some seeds made their way to my large compost area, because these vines began to appear almost immediately after careful planting of many varieties of vegetable seeds. If you’re looking for a way to feed your entire neighborhood or town, this would be your answer.

When picked young, these squash don’t have to be peeled, but they grow a hard outer shell if left to mature. The young ones are quite tasty, firm with lots of flavor. Just cube and sauté in butter, salt and pepper to let the most flavor shine through. You will need a very large area to let these vines run free, some reaching 30 feet. The beautiful yellow blooms are abundant, with vines running up and over the fence, and overtaking everything else that was beginning to grow. That is the biggest drawback, denying any cucumbers, tomatoes or other plants to survive alongside this hearty vine.

It is hard to tell how many plants there are because the entire garden turned into an ocean of squash vines, leaves and blossoms, encasing the entire outside fence into a wall of green and yellow. A new gate had to be built to enter the garden, after the vines completely covered the original gate, seemingly overnight. If you know the name of this variety, please let us know at belizeagreport@gmail.com
Editor’s Note: Could it have been a bird that dropped the seed? But from where?