Beyond "Knee High by the 4th of July"

An experiment in vegetable gardening

Summer Squash is #1

June 19th, 2012

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!







  • Renee says on: June 19, 2012 at 10:20 pm


    What a great idea for a blog for you, Tricia! I can’t wait to see how your garden grows!!

  • Michelle Kitto says on: June 19, 2012 at 11:36 pm


    That squash looks delicious! Well done, you.

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Beyond "Knee High by the 4th of July"

An experiment in vegetable gardening