When I was still thinking about writing this post I got an email from my friend and reader, Abigail. She addressed the very thing I wanted to write about. So I took my title for this post from her email.
(You’ll recall I wrote about some health issues Abigail was having in a letter to subscribers on June 20. She had surgery last Friday and all went well. She thanks everyone for their prayers.)
This spring when I planted cabbages I didn’t have room for everything in the garden. Thus, I transplanted my seedlings for a red cabbage (Kalibos) in one of my borders. It disappeared the next day. I think “bunny” found it — which I should have anticipated.
Abigail mentions in her email that she loves the shape and size (not too big) of Kalibos. I planted twice this year and lost the seedlings both times. Hopefully, this coming spring I’ll have success as I’m even more anxious to grow it after Abigail mentioned how much she loved it.
Had planned to grow a couple of varieties of winter squash this year. Didn’t want them in the garden and thought to try them in the borders to see what would happen.
Delicata was the only one I ended up starting. Had 3 beautiful seedlings and transplanted them to the back side of the fence border which is a direct line from my back door. It’s also one of the worst possible spots for a vegetable. Nonetheless the seedlings seemed to take right away.
My favorite large cherry tomato volunteered in the prime spot. I like to have at least one tomato plant close to the house. Makes it especially nice if the weather is bad. Don’t have to trek all the way to the garden if I need tomatoes.
A week went by before checking the seedlings again. All were gone.
Was it Bunny?
Quickly Put That Behind Me and Got on With Other Things.
A month later I happened to check the tomato plant and couldn’t believe my eyes. Beside it was a beautiful Delicata squash plant that had grown at least 5 feet AND had a beautiful little squash growing on it. Obviously the root had remained and continued to produce more leaves and vine.
That little plant gave me 4 lovely squash, one of which is still on the vine.
From what I read online Delicata squash will not continue ripening if you pick it ealy. It has to mature on the vine in order to avoid a slightly bitter taste.
My First Meal of Delicata
The nicest thing about Delicata is the ease of preparing it. I washed the outside and then cut it in half in order to remove the seeds. The skin is edible and easy to slice.
I saved some seed for a future year. Roasted and ate the remaining seeds to take advantage of the nutrient value and high calorie content. (That might be something to note if food becomes scarce and you have to get calories wherever you can.)
Here’s a picture of my roasted squash just out of the oven.
I had picked beans that afternoon to accompany my squash.
Like Abigail I’ve found that the garden often gives unexpected bonuses.
Last winter I thought I had lost 4 cabbage seedlings to the weather. Didn’t see them in the bed, but lo and behold in the spring they popped up and turned into gorgeous large heads of cabbage.
I’ll close with a quote from her email:
“In the spring I have had surprise spinach that had managed to overwinter. Lots of plants that did not do well in this summer’s drought, even with watering, came back after the rains and are giving me late crops of squash and beans and peppers, among other things.
“Sometimes what appears a bad garden year will just turn out to be different.”
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