Over the last few years I haven’t been growing enough cucurbits (namely squashes and cucumbers) to meet our eating demands, so last winter I resolved to dedicate more garden space to a range of types in the 2013 growing season. This meant cutting back a bit on my beloved tomatoes, but alas… While I was at it, I decided to expand my horizons with a few varieties that I have never grown before. The above photo represents a few of the most productive varieties of the many that are currently growing in either raised beds or large containers.
Let’s begin with the yellow zucchini ‘Giallo de Italia,’ a rare open-pollinated golden zucchini. Above it are two ‘Cocozelle’ zucchinis, both from the same plant (in most cases I only grew one of each variety). Unfortunately, I planted these two varieties right next to each other so I won’t be saving seed.
On the top right is ‘Pilar’ aka ‘Zapallito Redondo de Tronco,’ a variety whose praises I have recently sung. The plant just keeps getting bigger and bigger and has provided us with countless blossoms for stuffing as well as several fruit. I am in love.
Below that is ‘Golden Nugget,’ a compact, bushing winter squash that I am growing in a massive pot. Unfortunately, it seems to be succumbing to mildew, but not before I got a few good fruits from the plant. We haven’t eaten any of them yet, but I already feel confident that I will try growing it again next year based on its performance in producing several, early squashes in a small space.
I’m not quite sure which cucumber this is as my tags and plants got mixed up at planting time. Whichever it is, the fruit is delicious, crunchy, and fresh!