Last week I planted seeds for Acorn Squash and Butternut Squash. I grow these plants for the joy of watching them leap out of the ground and produce beautiful foliage and flowers. By planting the seeds, I am activating them for the summer. That’s a good verb for these vigorous growers. Their leaves are wide and handsome. The plants grow fast in the warmth of June and they love the heat of July.
The acorn squash has striking yellow flowers that emerge in July. The squashes form out of the flowers. By the time the flowers bloom there is a thick canopy of dense growth. I call it the squash underworld. It’s a jungle down there! For the photo above, I kneeled down as low as I could go to capture the dense growth during a previous summer. The sun happened to line up perfectly to illuminate the center of the flower. Without the low angle, it is impossible to see how thick the plant growth is underneath.
I have always planted Acorn squash, so this is my first year planting Butternut squash. I don’t know if it will take over the garden, but I am willing to give it a chance. I always plant the REBA variety of Acorn squash because the seed package describes it as a “well-behaved plant.” That’s what I want. REBA stands for Resistant Early Bush Acorn. Even though I planted the seeds only a week ago, the seedlings are emerging thick and strong. I think it will be another good summer of growth and tasty squash.