When thinking about what vegetables I wanted to plant during my rookie season, summer squash was near the top of the list. Now it was a matter of sorting out which variety would do best in North Carolina. THE book pointed me to the varieties with the designation “AAS” – All American Selections – “awarded to varieties that have given outstanding performance in trial gardens throughout the country.” In other words, I needed to draft some veterans to help make my rookie season a success!
So I chose “Straightneck Squash” from Bonnie Plants. I decided to only put in one plant because I wasn’t sure how much squash it would produce and how much squash I could eat! On May 28, I planted it, along with some Cosmos to attract pollinators, and the game was on!
After just a little over a week, I was thrilled to see male flowers develop and bloom. Thanks to THE book, I wasn’t a bit concerned when the male flowers fell off the plant because I had learned that that was normal and that it was the female flowers that produced the squash. Amazingly, I was now able to tell the difference!! A baby step up the learning curve!
And today, just a day over 3 weeks since I planted it, I harvested my first summer squash! I felt like the proverbial kid in a candy store! Although my first summer squash was a bit deformed and actually looked more like a “Crookneck Squash“, I could not have cared less! I lovingly washed it, sliced it up, tossed it in a little olive oil, grilled it, drizzled it with some balsamic vinegar and enjoyed every bit of it with my lunch!
My first harvest. Summer squash is #1!