Recipes from my Suffolk Kitchen

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Squashed in

3 tyres filled with compost and planted up with 1 butternut squash plant in each tyre and hey presto.............

After a huge downpour last Friday and more over the weekend and more forecast, I thought I'd bring these in as the skins had hardened off nicely. We've already eaten one small squash and on another plant, which we shoved in a compost heap down the meadow, there are 3 more not quite ready yet. Pleased with these as all we did was water them and let them sprawl over the driveway. Whatever variety I try they always end up much bigger than supermarket squash which cost anywhere from 70p to £1.50 for something a third the size of mine.........or costing even more for ready chunked.
 So I have here over £15 worth of squash- lovely.

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Sue

23 comments:

  1. What a result! I think I'd need a lot more space to grow something like that. X

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    1. WE just had them in tyres on the edge of the driveway

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  2. I love squash, I would like to try and grow some next year, and they keep well too.

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    1. Yes they keep for ages as long as they're not subject to temperature changes or damp

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  3. I love squash too Sue and these look such excellent examples.

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    1. Just lovely roast and I have some other recipes to try out this year

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  4. Well done. I have to say, I know I "should" like Butternut Squash and Sweet Potatoes, but there is something about the taste and texture which I'm still working on enjoying!

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    1. I guess the texture is a little different, I love them roast and the colour cheers up the plate

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    2. I don't like sweet with savory, so the Yank tradition of sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows I avoid whenever possible. There are good recipes for savory squash--with sage, shallots, white wine vinegar, parmesan (not all in the same recipe). Considering their nutritional value, and how much fun they are to grow, I think you should search out a few good recipes.

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  5. They look great! We're picking ours on Saturday, weather permitting.
    J x

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    1. Good idea to get them in before too much wet and cold weather

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  6. Certainly a good size. No room in my garden for those:(

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    1. They were in tyres on the edge of the drive so not taking up garden space - HUGE I think is the word!:-)

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  7. Oh I am so envious. I tried squash this year and failed miserably and I love the stuff. Well done you.

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    1. I think I put too many plants in my tyre. The tyres I have my spuds in are massive so thought this would be a good idea. Maybe I shouldn't have tried to grow climbing beans in the middle of them - fighting for water, sun, energy? I will maybe try again next year just a couple of plants and no beans!

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    1. Extremely edible is the most important thing

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  9. Great crop Sue. I've only have 3 this year but two are huge I mean huge! I never understand why they put a short shelf life on them in the shops they last for months and months in my garage. Love them, so versatile.

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  10. The only way I can get my grandchildren to eat squash is to cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, fill the cavity with sliced apples with cinnamon, brown sugar and a bit of butter/margarine. Then it is "cooked" in the microwave until the squash is done. When I serve it, I make sure each plate gets squash and apples together. They will eat it, with enthusiasm.
    Myra, from Canada

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  11. Cor....they look amazing.
    I do love butternut squash-x-

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  12. Wow that is a decent crop - there is nothing like home grown.

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