Like a walk through the country side living on a small farm is full of daily surprises, sometimes wonderful and amazing, and other times puzzling and sad. I hope you will walk with me as I live out my dream of living on this tiny farm. You will come to know the dogs, cats, Shetland sheep and chickens that make up this farm and what goes into keeping them happy and healthy. Come and join the journey with me.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Does Anyone Know What This Is?

I think I mentioned in an earlier post that I planted what I thought was a pumpkin in my back yard. I had some old, old seeds, that I had sorted out and put together in a packet, that were a mixed variety of pumpkins (I thought). Of all the 'pumpkin' seeds I planted this one vine is the only one that came up. I think. There is a small possibility it was a volunteer that came up in the same general area I planted the seeds. Last years there were ornamental gourds int this vicinity.

It is a very vigorous plant and has basically taken over the entire back yard.

So any ideas? I'm hoping its some variety of squash, since its obviously not a pumpkin. Gourds would be okay, but I'd rather have the squash to eat! The gourds from last year, didn't look like this and were very small and multi colored.

Hope someone recognizes this 'creature'.


Tina T-P said...

Looks like a little green butternut squash or something like that. Surely someone has one of these in their garden and will be able to answer your question :-) T.

Pat in TN said...

I'd go along with the butternut squash too, but in looking in Burpee's catalog it could be a large bottle gourd. Mmmmm ... it should be interesting when harvest time comes.

Vicki Lane said...

It could be a cross. Were the blossoms yellow or white? Gourds usually have white blossoms.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Hey, I never knew that about the color of the blossoms -- great tip! Looks like a butternut to me; for your sake I hope it is. :-)

Pat in TN said...

Well, I learned something new today ... the color of the blossoms. Thanks Vicki!

Tammy said...

Thanks everyone! The blossoms are big and yellow and look just like the pumpkin blossoms. Once you guys mentioned butternut squash, I rememberd throwing out some 'remains' from one a someone at church gave me last year! I think that they are small and green stripped had me confused, but evidently they turn tan as they mature, I reckon.
Thanks again! Looks like I'm gonna have LOTS of squash!

Kathy said...

I agree...butternut squash. It'll turn its orange color closer to being "ripe". We've picked them before frosts and let them ripen in a spare room as well. Of course that's because we'll have our first frosts in Sept. :)