We planted Upper Ground Sweet Potato Squash this year. It's supposed to be a good squash for the south and the fruits are only supposed to be 4-6 pounds, at least that's what I read. It is also supposed to do well in unfavorable conditions. So, with that in mind, how do you think it has responded in my environment? You can click the photo for a better view.
This was taken from the roof of Nate's workshop, and believe it or not, there are two 4x10 raised beds under that jungle. Okay, I really don't have alot of real estate to devote to something like this, but it just seemed to take on a life of its own, and I didn't have the heart to try to contain it. I mean, could the blob be contained?
"I think you should send us the biggest transport plane you have, and take this thing to the Arctic or somewhere and drop it where it will never thaw." The Blob, 1958
These photos show one of the squashes before it ripened, but the perspective with Nate's hands is good. They ripen to a light creamy orange and the flesh is about the color of a sweet potato. I cut the first two ripened squashes off the vine last weekend, and they each weighed 40 pounds! I just went outside and counted 9 more on the vine that are almost ripe. The ones left are not as large as the first two, but pretty close to it. I would say probably 30 pounds each. We did lose a few more to the chickens pecking them when they were very young and soft, and I found two this weekend that had become separated from the vine before they ripened and were starting to rot.
This weekend I cut open one of the harvested squashes and managed to shred 19.5 lbs of squash for the freezer. And, the first recipe I tried was one of my favorites for zucchini. It turned out delicious.
So, even though I'm a failure with summer squash because of the vine borers, I have totally redeemed myself with this winter squash. I'm super excited to try more recipes with it.