Squash Baby’s Sibling

Squash Sibling sleeps tight under wire mesh and specious warnings

Mrs. Homegrown here:

A quick update on the squash baby circus. There’s a surprise addition to the family. In my first post, I said one of our two squashes had been stolen, leaving us with only one squash, which provoked Erik’s Guantanomoization of our front yard. In turns out there was a tiny 3rd baby hiding under a big leaf. We didn’t notice it for a while. But like zucchini, these things grow incredibly fast, so it became infant-sized in the blink of an eye. Erik fitted it with its very own chicken wire security blanket and positioned a warning sign right in front of it.

Squash Sibling measures 20 inches. The Original Squash Baby ™ is now a squash toddler, is holding at 36 inches, and requesting its own Twitter account.

Note of interest: Craig over at Garden Edibles, who sold Erik the squash baby seeds (Lunga di Napoli) points out that “Squash Baby” is really “Pumpkin Baby” — or perhaps “Punkin Baby”–because the Lunga di Napoli is, in fact, a pumpkin. A darned funny looking pumpkin.

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  1. Interesting. I let some of my Eight Ball zucchini go this summer and they got to be small pumpkin sized and mighty hard shelled, and I am certain in my own mind that they were indeed, pumpkins.

    Pumpkins are squashes, but they are winter squashes, and zukes are so-called summer squashes. But I wonder if winter squashes eaten at the baby stage would be summer squashes.

    So what is the difference? Just when you harvest and eat them? I wonder…

  2. I’ve been following Squash Baby’s story and the size only really hit me this morning,that’s as long as a yard stick and still growing.
    I’d be careful,teens grow even faster than toddlers and eat you out of house and home.

  3. Paula. I met a woman from Naples at a garden show who said that her family would eat lungo di Napoli as a “summer squash” when they where about 10-12″ On the other hand summer squash (zucchini) is cucurbita pepo and if left on the plant they will harden off like a pumpkin, but are not very edible. With the exception of Spaghetti squash (pepo)

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