Plant butternut squash too close to my tomatoes, that is.
During the month I was in Germany, my butternut vines wound their way through several rows of tomato cages and out the other side. Look closely at the jungle below and you’ll see lots of large leaves that are clearly not tomato-esque.
The mondo vines then spawned a massive squash that’s hanging about three feet above ground. (Note also the blossom forming next to it – yikes!)
The butternut vines are also invading my chard cage (where the chard is not flourishing quite as hoped; I’d had to replant thanks to my rabbit friends).
As predicted, my summer squash is indeed under attack by squash vine borers, but I did harvest an oversized yellow squash, as big as my forearm, which is destined to become muffins and a frittata. I’m not sure, but I think that the damaged plant may have managed to re-root itself after the evil larvae severed the vine at its base. We sucked up one adult vine borer with the dust buster. I’m sure it’s only the vanguard. The picture shows a bit of the dead foliage.
The “summer squash seed mix” also produced a blobular fruit that looks suspiciously like a spaghetti squash. If anyone can ID it positively, let me know! It sure as sin doesn’t look anything like any summer squash I’ve seen.
That’s basil duking it out with the squash.
I’ve also got a couple of delicata squash, a nice mess of purple pole beans, lots of green tomatoes, and a few ripe Sungolds. My tomatoes are struggling a bit, with some yellowing/dying foliage that looks distressingly like early blight. (You can see it in the jungle photo at the top of the post.) My peppers are sulking, as per usual.
Apart from the tree growing out of the edge of the garden, we’ve got no real weed issues. That is, unless you consider my squash a weed, which might not be far off. Once again, yay for mulch!
But mostly, we’re just waiting for tomatoes to ripen. The ones my husband bought today – at the farmer’s market, no less – were downright crunchy.