Harvesting The Summer Squash

Posted by F&S

On yesterday's blog, we shared our pumpkin patch with you and today, we have another garden tour of the area where summer squash grows.  Like pumpkins and gourds, summer squash is also a cucurbita, but unlike winter squash, you really want to harvest summer squash when it's still immature for the best eating.

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Francesca!  What are you and Ryan doing?

1 Francesca! What are you and Ryan doing?

Sharkey, Ryan has picked all of the ripe summer squash and I'm helping him.

2 Sharkey, Ryan has picked all of the ripe summer squash and I'm helping him.

You see, the squash grows right on the garden soil and it's been quite rainy lately and the squash are covered in mud.

3 You see, the squash grows right on the garden soil and it's been quite rainy lately and the squash are covered in mud.

So Ryan taught me how to clean the surface with a soft rag.

4 So Ryan taught me how to clean the surface with a soft rag.

This way, we won't be bringing any dirt into the house.  Very clever, indeed!

5 This way, we won't be bringing any dirt into the house. Very clever, indeed!

Well I'll say there's quite a harvest here!  But these things are quite large.

6 Well I'll say there's quite a harvest here! But these things are quite large.

Ryan explained that you can stuff squash this size.  It can also be grated for things like zucchini bread.

7 Ryan explained that you can stuff squash this size. It can also be grated for things like zucchini bread.

It's hard to believe that this bucket contains the same kinds of squash.  They're so much smaller and seem more tender.

8 It's hard to believe that this bucket contains the same kinds of squash. They're so much smaller and seem more tender.

Franny, I think Martha prefers this size for basic eating.

9 Franny, I think Martha prefers this size for basic eating.

It looks like Ryan found some that were damaged in all the rain and he's cut those up for the chickens to eat.

10 It looks like Ryan found some that were damaged in all the rain and he's cut those up for the chickens to eat.

Comments (13)

  • Good morning, Francesca, Sharkey and Ryan!
    You guys certainly do get around on the farm. We bet Ryan really appreciates all the help you two provide.
    A couple weeks ago our Mom made 9 loaves of zucchini bread. Man, did the house smell great! And all our human sibs fought over it. We got a few little nibbles, but Erica, Gideon and Gabe were hiding loaves under their shirts! Funny stuff!
    The weather here has been great the past two days. But, boy we could really use some rain. Dad had to water the grass Monday. The weather guys keep promising rain, but we haven't seen any yet.
    Have a great Wednesday all!
    Pugs and kisses.
    Brutus and Max

  • What a beautiful bounty of squash!

    Late summer/early autumn has a wonderful variety of colorful veggies.

    I do favor the smaller squash myself.

    Lucky chickens will get the not so pretty ones! But, I imagine just as tasty!

    Happy Wednesday!
    gail

  • Hello everyone,
    Lots of activity at the farm. Squash is good. I don't know how to play squash but I like to eat it. I am so happy. I am doing the Happy Dance this morning. I went back and read the comments that I missed from yesterday. Black Mamma is back!!!!!! WAA Huu. It is sad though that Ivan and Ivanka left to go live in Montana. But they are happy to be with their human brother so that is good. Black Mamma, you need to find a dog for James and Lucinda. The dog can help you with all the activities that go on at the ranch and since you are not the huggy kissy kind, the dog will cuddle with them and comfort them and all that good stuff that you don't like to do. It would be a perfect match. However, you are the senior ranch worker there so you will have to make it clear that you are allowed to use the computer. Ok? Ok!
    And the other good news is that Will, Ruby's dad, is doing well. Ya Woo
    I am going to Happy Dance on the deck. It can't hurt, I may even draw in some of the ladies driving by. Hehehehehehehe.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F & S

    Glad to hear the garden is doing better after being relocated. I've never tried squash but I'm sure I'd like it baked as a bread. I'll have to ask for a taste next time mom cooks it, she likes to grill it and also makes bread.

    Busy day at our house yesterday we are having the house painted. Our house is cedar so dad takes special care of the wood, he hates the fake stuff. The guys will be back again today and probably tomorrow so I'll have a lot of supervising to do.

    Happy Hump Day!!

    Zoe

  • Good morning ladies!
    I had my squash-experience this weekend at our friends house in Wisconsin. I helped Shelly & Mimi dig potatoes, pick squash, strawberries (for margaritas), tomatoes, carrots and lettuce! Shelly has a super garden. I found some hen-in-the-woods mushrooms, too! Shelly will let them get big before she harvests. The weather was swell up north. All the windows were open and my nose was very busy.
    No bears though.
    It's real stinky at my house, we haven't had any rain and the lake now has an algae bloom. Mimi says it smells like rotting corn husks and cobs. Our windows are closed.
    I am so happy to know that everybody is doing great!
    Hey, Zoe, our house is cedar and Papa stains one side a year, that way it's not such a big job.
    I'm going to check out the days that I missed. Have a super day everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, How nice that you 2 sweet girls are showing us all about those wonderful squash that can be eaten when small and used to make things like zucchini bread when larger! Even saving the damaged ones and cutting them up for the chickens to enjoy is wonderful, also! Franny, you sure did a great job helping Ryan clean the mud off of some of those squash that were rained on! You sure do have fun working with Ryan and all the other farm helpers! Mom just saw Martha's new blog about Ryan working in her new area vegetable garden and she loved it, also! Hope you have a great day and please hug GK, Martha, and Ryan for me! How nice to finally hear from you, Black Mama and am so glad that James is doing better and Ivan and Ivanka have such a great new owner in Montana! Thanks also Ruby and Lynn for letting us know that Will is doing better and my prayers continue with you again! Nice to hear from Brutus and Max, Gail, Maddox, and Zoe again this morning and will check back later to read more! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    While Mom is getting ready to go to the hospital to see Dad, I get my computer time. Yahooooooo!!!!! Thank you for your love and prayers during Dad's "c" monster surgery. He is still on really strong pain meds, and probably won't be coming home to his Ruby Gem today, but Mom says that is o.k., it is better he is stronger.

    I loved yesterday on the pumpkins and today on the squash. I have a secret. I don't eat squash unless it is with bacon and cheese, but I do love eating the squash leaves. Yep, you heard me correctly, the leaves. Most people like the blossoms, not me, I eat the leaves. Like the sunflower leaves. I was blaming it on the squirrels, those darn squirrels, until Mom caught me in the act. I guess it is important to eat your veggies, however, right???

    Yesterday was wild for sure. A walk at 3 in the morning and then quick visits during the day. I am usually very mellow when Mom and Dad come in the house and go, but last night I went BA NER CO when Mom and Weston came home from the hospital. I even slept with Mom half the night. A big difference from Ruby 10 months ago, huh? I have to practice my "cc" skills today more and I will be ready for Dad's return home. Not sure if he is coming home today or tomorrow. I am ready for duty. Have a GEM of a day.

    Love & licks,
    Ruby

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    There are a few times when farm life is really busy; that’s spring and fall. Well I guess it is busy in the summer and winter too. Farm life is always busy I guess. I really don’t know because I’ve never lived on a farm. You two really do keep us “city slickers” informed about farm life. The neighborhood I live in does have a few small gardens around. I spent most of the day at home alone yesterday. Mommy and Daddy were gone for a long time. When they came back, I did my dance for them. Daddy thought it was because I was so happy to see them but it was because I had to “go” really bad; could hardly hold it any longer. Hehehehe
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Everyone: Looks a great squash harvest this year girls, we used to plant zucchini every year but always ended up having so much zucchini and not knowing what to do with it all! There is only so much bread and grilling one can do, this year we did not grow any - we'll buy some at the market for sure though.
    Glad to hear Miss Ruby Gem's dad is doing OK, maybe he'll be able to come home today, Miss Ruby Gem will be on duty!
    Sad to hear about Ivan and Ivanka, but it's good to be with family - reminds our Mom of an old Frank Zappa song .... "moving to Montana ... and then something about a dental floss bush" We ourselves don't listen to weird music, but Mom and Dad do on occasion - kinda weird but I guess you had to be a child of the late 70's to appreciate it!
    Well, another beautiful day, cool and breezy but we love it. On this morning's walk we saw a multitude of dog walkers, and kids waiting for the school buses - fall is a wonderful time.
    Love and beardie bounces - Martha, Miz Lu and Riley boy

  • Hi Y'all,
    Ooooooooh, Squash!!! I've heard they're sweet but I've never had the opportunity to try. Mis likes to cook them with sweet onions, salt and olive oil. No bread for her. An aunt ruined her taste for it. Mis though it was banana bread but it was zucchini instead. Never wanted it again! The garden is beautiful girls. Ryan and his crew (you included) have done a great job.
    Great news Ruby! Hope your dad comes home soon so he can be taken care of by you. I've said it before, dogs have great healing powers!
    Black Mamma, great to hear from you and glad to hear that Ivan and Ivanka got to go home with their human brother. I know it's sad to see them go, but it sounds like they really loved him too. And I certain that he may need their special emotional healing powers.
    George caught the terrible 2's when he visited the vet last week. He just went bonkers! Barking at me to play alllllllll the time. Talking back to Mis when she tries to correct him. He scavenges the yard and brings it into the house. Jumping into the water garden, and the list goes on, and on! I'm at my wits end! I tried sitting on the boy, but he just bites my butt. Mis said I was much worse than George when I came to live with her. Funny, I don't remember any of that!
    Dixie Boy

  • Hello Francesca, Sharkey and Glue squad buddies,
    What nice posts, first pumpkins and today squash! We have had wonderful zucchini from our garden, the tiny little pumpkins are just now forming on the blossums now. Mom has been down checking on the pumpkin patch every day!! The first plant to show baby pumpkins is from seeds from Herman's pumpkin last year. Mom is so happy about that.
    Francesca, it was very sweet of you to clean off the squash gently with a soft rag. I love Autumn and this morning the bright sunshine and cooler temperatures were wonderful for bird watching.
    Maddox, di you take a nice sunshine deck nap today? Brutus and Max, Dudley, Rebel, so nice to read your comments today. Zoe, today is the camel commercial day.... WELCOME BACK Black Mama!! Yesterday I cuddled with my human nephew who visited all day.
    We all send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Ruby's papa Will. Off to read Charlotte's Web since we have a brown orb web weaving spider by our porch window... Herman would have been so happy watching it.
    love and purrrrrs, James Dean the persian cat boy

  • Yo, glue squaders, another busy day here at the farm/ranch..lawn mowing, painting the back deck and maybe a quick walk around the property..you Frenchies are such helpers..Lucinda has a new little helper..a little gray kitty that appeared on the porch.she named it Zippy..it is goofy..it will be going to the vet soon for all its shots and be fixed..a family of coyotes sneaking about..so we ferals are sticking close to home..our thoughts and prayers go out to Lynn and Will..I am slowly moving into the house..sat on top of the washer in the laundry room yesterday and then last night slept on top of the kiln on the front porch...have to keep an eye on these people...and yes, bouncing beardies they too sometimes listen to weird music..they are products of the 60's..a couple of old gomers!..over and out..Black Mama, Zippy, and tribe

  • :-) Oh wow another patch of veggie goodies and of course you two Frenchie girls are helping... So cool!
    Oh no! Ivanka and Iven moved?
    I'm glad Will is home and surgery went well ... Prayers ARE answered

    Trying to get through all the posts for last week. What a job!
    Good thoughts to all the gang here...
    delia and Kitty =^. .^=

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