Thursday, September 10, 2009
Darned if I know...
We've been growing vegetables in garden boxes on our front porch this year. Mostly tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash and zucchini. Recently we found the oddity shown in the picture above in one of the bushes. It is growing on a zucchini plant but looking like a half-and-half summer squash/zucchini. Is this an accident of cross pollination? Has anybody ever seen anything like it?
We've been referring to most of what we're growing as "stealth vegetables". You don't see them one day and then all of a sudden you find a giant whatever-it-is ready to pick!
We've even got a stealth melon growing out in our front flower beds by our driveway. It must have been a seed that was in the compost I dressed into the ground in the spring. At any rate, a vine appeared and I let it grow out of curiosity. At the moment we have a large melon (8" or so in diameter) of indeterminate variety growing out there. It could be a watermelon, cantelope or honeydew - I just can't tell yet!