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. these ‘babies’ make the best sage pumpkin ravioli. mmmmmm! good luck keeping them away from strangers and ensuring they grow into upstanding citizens.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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