Saturday, October 31, 2009

They're Called What?

These are papaya-pear squash. I grew them for the first time this year. Just two plants; but each flourished in their individual 18 gallon plastic containers. The yield was good. They tasted great sautéed with green onions(also pictured here), sweet peppers and diced jalapeños. They're also good in soups, casseroles and stir fry dishes, like most other summer squash. And they make great pickles too. I can't wait to grow more of them next season!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Definitely NOT Coming To A Supermarket Near You-Part II

The pineapple tomato is an heirloom variety that takes more than 100 days to mature. Each fruit can grow to be several pounds in weight and often has large, odd shaped lobes. In addition, they have skins so fragile that transporting them over long distances isn't an option. So why bother growing them? The flavor is sublime, slightly sweet and really does hint at pineapple. If you're the type of person who doesn't like tomatoes because of their acidic taste, you should try these. A local farmer's market is your best bet. Or better yet, make plans now for growing some in your own garden next season.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


It's been a good year and the Carnival squash plants outdid themselves. We'll have the delicious fruits of their labor to enjoy all winter long.

Racing With Jack Frost

It's October and in this part of the country we know that it will soon be time for the first killing frost. But that doesn't mean there isn't time for one more batch of green onions to reach their flavorful best. These are being grown in a recycled pot that was tossed out as refuse. Yeah, some call me cheap( I prefer to be called frugal), but I'm a tasty sort of cheap.