(The striped squash in this photo is called a piccolo.)
This is another post inspired by my friend Piglet in Portugal, she’s a marvel for getting my old brain cells to spinning. Thank you Pip,
Pip made a post, Growing Fruit and Veg in Pots and Plot, about her beautiful and successful gardening techniques and methods. Her photos are great and her thoughts are very clever and helpful ideas on gardening in containers and plots.
She asked us readers of her blog the question:
“Which fruit and vegetables are you growing in your garden or in pots? Please share your successes and failures…we can all learn from each other”
My favorite veggies to grow are round squash also known as orb squash. The round squash are from the summer squash variety of zucchini. My favorite ways to cook them are microwaved, grilled or fried. They’re good for making breads, salads, stir-fry or most anyway you’d normally use a squash.
One of the most attractive aspects of the round squash is that they’ll keep for a couple of weeks or longer in the refrigerator, whereas regular zucchini/summer squash only keep for a few days to maybe a week or so. Last year, I had more than a few that kept for a couple of months.
Round squash are as easy to grow as regular summer squash. They come in at about 45 to 50 days depending on the soil and weather.
I try to harvest them when they’re about 3 or 4 inches in diameter because they are more tender… but sometimes they get away from me and grow a bit bigger.
I’ve been growing them a couple of years now. I just love seeing them in my garden. They’re so festive and fun looking. The round fruits shining in the sun makes me happy. I can hardly wait to get my seeds planted this year and get some of these enchanting and delicious veggies growing.
Here’s a few pictures of some of mine.
8 ball – dark green
One ball – beautiful rich yellow
French round medium light green
Microwaved one ball squash stuffed
with cheddar broccoli rice
and garnished with a slice of cucumber
Microwaved 8 ball stuffed with pinto beans,
American cheese slice & yellow tomato wedges
Here’s wishing you all a Happy
& Productive Gardening Season!
I posted an edited version of this post on my other blog:
About Round Squash