Due to the garden expansion and fence installation, I didn't get the cucurbits planted until mid-June. That's not a big problem, except for the long-season winter squash varieties - a variety like Sibley, at 110 days, is a bit iffy if we get an early frost.
I planted Sibley, Chersonskaya and Table Queen Bush Acorn winter squash. Unfortunately, the late planting wasn't late enough to prevent the squash vine borer from attacking the plants, even though I tried to remove any eggs that I saw. And since I planted them wherever I found room, I couldn't try row covers this year. Good thing there is always next year!
|Squash vine borer egg|
|Sibley squash stem with vine borer damage|
|Acorn squash - look at those happy stems!|
|Young Chersonskaya - the fruit is already the size of my hand.|
I decided to try trellising the cucumbers and summer squash this year. I had room for two trellises - one for the two cucumber varieties (Straight 8 and National Pickling) and one for
|Summer squash - the spaghetti squash is taking over!|
|Young spaghetti squash - yum!|