Saturday, 2 July 2016
dry-land squash project
Sad looking squash, I know. But believe it or not, that's deliberate. These are my water-less squash, growing without irrigation in my 'dryland' field. A max-squash mix, year two of my landrace project. The goal for this is to direct seed early and hopefully withstand a light frost at the seedling stage. To grow with zero or minimal irrigation. To have a large flesh to seed ratio, with lovely large seeds. To smother the compost pile to make it look beautiful.
So far they are doing brilliantly well. A lovely selection of colours, but more or less the same shape. Next year, I'll start separating for size - maybe adding some smaller commercial Max squash into the mix to get the size down to about 2 kilo not the 20+ kilo we got last year.
The sad leaves perk up again at night.
Opel plums are delicious. We had 8 today. The branches are overloaded with fruit.
Harvested Blue Pod Desiree and Japanese snow peas seed today.
Also harvested some chard for dinner.