The Plants that Ate Dirt (and everything else)? July 6th, 2015
Maybe some of you are familiar with the 1988 children's book by Nancy McArthur, entitled The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks. If not, I promise it's a humorous, entertaining book, especially to young boys. Matt was eight years old when the book was released and he read it by the age of 10 (+/-). I read it with him, and if I can remember it all these years later, you know it had to be good. What does this have to do with anything? Well, every time I step off our back deck nowadays, my initial thought is, The Plants that Swallowed the Back Yard. Or maybe, Alien Plants Invade Nevada City!
I did not plant these things, so the seeds must have come from a compost addition. But ... I don't recall throwing squash seeds in the compost. Anyway, seeds sprouted and sprouted and sprouted. I weeded out many and allowed a few to remain. You can't imagine the total circumference of the vines, reaching north, south, east and west!
One hot week later, July 6th, and the vines are making for the deck steps and steamrolling everything in sight, including my planted bush beans!
Bees love the blossoms
Several small round "fruit" have appeared.
This is the largest one, so far, and it's turning yellow.
A friend suggested it might be a Buttercup (winter) Squash, Cucurbita maxima. Maybe so. I've never heard of them so if this is them, then they are aliens! I hope they're tasty. When the vines climb up on our deck, heading for the door, I'm leaving home!
Last Sunday morning I was out early picking raspberries at Riverhill Farm. It was already hot a little after 9 am, so if the farm is open for picking again in the next few weeks, I'll be there at 8. I wear jeans so my legs don't get scratched, and it's hot in the full sun.
We love berries of all kinds, especially raspberries ... so delicious on cereal. I've noticed the blackberries growing beside the canal trail will be ripe soon, but it's treacherous picking. Kinda fun to pick 'n eat a few as I walk along. Meanwhile, we are definitely looking forward to a cooler week here in NorCal.