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#1 Steve in Mass

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Posted August 02 2007 - 2:55 PM

Okay, guess I am just full of questions today.....



My yellow crookneck summer squash is finally producing......picked a bunch the other day, and they are ALL bumpy on the skin.......have grown this variety in the past, and they are usually smooth skinned, but all the fruit this year have "bumps" on them....



Normally, I would think it might be something in my soil, but this past Sunday, my Sister said that her's were the same way......



It's no big deal, as they are a good to eat as ever, but........




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Posted August 02 2007 - 2:58 PM

The skin on the ones we recently got were both bumpy and rather tough and thick.



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Posted August 02 2007 - 3:12 PM

Hmmmmm....will be going to my local farmstand tomorrow, so will take note of what their's looks like, and if I see one of the two guys that are the head honchos there, will ask the question......it's just kinda strange........


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Posted August 02 2007 - 3:12 PM

It is Just the seed stock, it might not be true to type or or might not be 1st generation I have some bumpy and smooth plants producing squash now. I like the smooth ones better also, thinner skin, the bumpy ones look like the belong with pumpkins and bale of hay on my porch during halloween.



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Posted August 02 2007 - 3:27 PM

Hmmmm....that is interesting, but I get my seed from a top quality catalog, and it is strange that my sister has experienced the same thing (am sure her seed is bought in the local store and is probably Burpee or Harris or one of those big names)......



Oh, and yes, they do look like they belong as you say.....


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Posted August 03 2007 - 8:11 AM

Okay, was at the farm-stand this morning and posed the question to Jim.....he laughed and said "That's cool!....".....anyway, he said it most likely has to do with cross pollination, and asked if I had any pumpkins or gourds growing, or if I threw any in the compost pile last year.




I did throw some sugar pumpkin skins and seeds in the compost last fall, but don't have any gourds or pumpkins growing in my garden.....but my neighbor does have pumpkins growing about 100 yards from where the squash is.....so maybe the bees have visited both..........




Either way, we had some of the squash sliced thin and sautéed in butter and olive oil with onions, garlic, and lemon juice last night, and it was very good....


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Posted August 03 2007 - 9:23 AM


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Okay, was at the farm-stand this morning and posed the question to Jim.....he laughed and said "That's cool!....".....anyway, he said it most likely has to do with cross pollination, and asked if I had any pumpkins or gourds growing, or if I threw any in the compost pile last year.

I did throw some sugar pumpkin skins and seeds in the compost last fall, but don't have any gourds or pumpkins growing in my garden.....but my neighbor does have pumpkins growing about 100 yards from where the squash is.....so maybe the bees have visited both..........

Either way, we had some of the squash sliced thin and sautéed in butter and olive oil with onions, garlic, and lemon juice last night, and it was very good....







my wife does this with zucchini, i bit different, and would work with summer squash:

shred squash with a vegetable grater, sprinkle with a fair amount of salt and put in a strainer over the sink for 20 minutes or so

squeeze out excess water and saute in olive oil (maybe with a touch of shallot

at the end, add black pepper, cream, and freshly grated nutmeg



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Posted August 03 2007 - 12:40 PM

Steve,
i got my seeds from Burpee. The fruits on the yelllows started out smooth, but the skins got thick and bumpy when the squashes were about 8" long. They tasted just fine.

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Posted August 03 2007 - 5:54 PM

Cross pollination issues would show up if you planted the seed from this years fruit. Maybe your ss seed was the result of cp last year, but not because the plants in your garden this year were cross pollinated..capisce?


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Posted August 04 2007 - 9:59 AM

Good point, Jeff, and I should know that....



I got the seed new this spring from Pine Tree Garden Seeds in Maine. It is just strange that both Digger and my sister are experiencing the same thing, and theirs were from different sources....


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Posted August 08 2007 - 12:44 AM

Okay, guess I am just full of questions today.....

My yellow crookneck summer squash is finally producing......picked a bunch the other day, and they are ALL bumpy on the skin.......have grown this variety in the past, and they are usually smooth skinned, but all the fruit this year have "bumps" on them....

Normally, I would think it might be something in my soil, but this past Sunday, my Sister said that her's were the same way......

It's no big deal, as they are a good to eat as ever, but........



Steve my squash are the same way and I think its a watering issue, not enough one day then a lot the next.