the Topsfield fair – giant pumpkin!

Squashes
I went to the big fall fair in our area last Saturday – the Topsfield Fair. It’s THE place to see displays of local produce. Especially the biggest pumpkin in the area (why do people grow these?). I walked around and enjoyed the smell of fired dough and roasted sausages.…
 
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today’s harvest

My Harvests, Root Vegetables, Squashes
This is the harvest from my community garden plot today. The onions are so small with the drought. I’m picking my tomatoes very green to ripen at home because the chipmunks are eating them for any moisture they can find. The green beans are hardly producing at all. I wonder…
 
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seeds planted

Squashes, Starting Seeds
I’ve been getting way behind with my gardening. But now that I’ve finished organizing and running our community garden workday, last Saturday, I can get back to my garden. Last night I planted: Winter squash, Waltham Butternut Winter squash, Butterscotch Winter squash, Blue Ballet Winter squash, Jarrahdale pumpkin Cucumbers, Diva…
 
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planting squash and cukes

Squashes, Starting Seeds
Just planted a tray with squash and cucumber seeds. (in order of my favorites:) Squash: Waltham butternut, Buttercup Burgess strain, Jarrahdale pumpkin, New England Pie pumpkin, Hubbard blue ballet, and Acorn Honey Bear Cucumbers: Diva, Tokiwa, Sooyow nishiki, Straight 8, Sumter pickling
 
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chickens love squash….

Chickens, Squashes
My chickens are growing, and happy. I’m checking for eggs, none yet. Their favorite foods seem to be: cooked squash, sweet potatoes and garlic mashed potatoes! Yummy. They’ve done a great job with our Thanksgiving leftovers. Other favorites: honeydew melon, corn-on-the-cob, kale, lettuce, cream cheese and cottage cheese. Today I…
 
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pumpkin vases for the Thanksgiving table

Squashes
These are a couple of pumpkins from my garden. I don’t think they’re good eating pumpkins, so I used then for vases on my Thanksgiving table. It was a wild Day as we had 16 of us for dinner – 14 staying overnight with us. We had such fun cooking,…
 
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winter squash arbor

Squashes
My winter squash vines are growing by inches, or more, a day. They have topped my arbor and lots of fruits are setting. The Waltham butternut do best on an arbor since the vines are long and flexible. I have five butternut plants growing on the left side of the…
 
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