Last shot at Acorn Squash

I guess we’re back in the mode of listening to all the sportscasters say that soccer is going big in the US. It happens for a month or two after the US does ok in the World Cup or some other major world competition. Then the sport goes dormant again for all but those actually playing the game or closely associated. Face the facts folks – it’s not an American sport and we simply don’t like it. The kids who play are those who can’t play football, baseball, or basketball for whatever reason. It could be that in fifty years after all the immigrants from soccer places have become a majority the status of the game will change insofar as spectators are concerned. But I think it’s more likely their kids will migrate to the regular people sports. The big sports simply cover all the available time slots and people can only watch so much sports before it becomes an overload. Aside from being a slow, boring game with an occasional highlight, it lacks generating a big base of tracking statistics. No batting averages, run after catch, three pointers etc etc etc. I guess it competes most directly with ice hockey except no mayhem and what would hockey be without the mayhem?

Sure wish everything grew as well as eggplants. I actually yanked out a couple of renegades and one I actually planted to cut down on the crop. I still have five plants and am thinking about reducing that to four. Each plant just produces, produces, produces and it’s one of those vegetables that you aren’t interested in eating too often and one of those that all the neighbors and friends are not fully on board with. I kind of knew that from last season but I’m still a bit gun shy from the early days when I was lucky to have one survive out of six planted.

Had a big dilemma to work through yesterday. I have sufficient room and time in the garden to put in two more squash plants for a late October harvest. I’ve had phenomenal success with a variety of green summer squash but zero with acorn squash. So which variety should I plant? I never tried the acorn this spring so I can’t say if all my problems are in the past and perhaps they’d do fine now with the enriched soil. The advantage to acorn squash is that it keeps for months so we’d have good vittles all winter to supplement the winter green stuff. I rolled the dice in favor of one more attempt at Acorns. I planted two different varieties and gave it the full, deep planting treatment which starts with a planting hole 18” deep and across then filling it with compost sprinkled with a handful of super fertilizer and a handful of epson salts. This really is it for the acorn – if they don’t produce this time the seeds hit the trash bin.
If they do make it, I’ll resurrect several old varieties that I’ve given up on hoping that all the amendments I’ve made to the soil will make the difference.

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