Favorite Summer Squash!
Alright, Digit! I dare you to tell me these two are exactly the same thing! I double dare ya!
After three years of finally being able to do some halfway decent veggie gardening, IÂve decided on the two summer squash that seem to consistently do well for me.
The first, my favorite, is ÂSunburstÂ (Harris Â06). ItÂs a gold scalloped pattypan type, and even when it gets BIG, the seeds stay small and tender. This is my best producer, and once it finally gets going, IÂm not inundated, but I get plenty for me and some to give away.
And the second is another gold one. ItÂs ÂGold RushÂ (Pinetree Â05), a regular zucchini shaped one. This one, too, can get HUGE and still not get big seeds. When I got back from my vacation, I found one that was nearly a foot long and more than 2" in diameter, and I almost threw it on the compost pile, but then decided to take it in and cut it open first to see how bad the seeds wereÂand they were still tiny. I ate the whole thingÂno, not all at the same time! This one doesnÂt produce as well as ÂSunburstÂ, but it does well enough to make it a keeper.
I also have been planting a hill of regular green zucchini every yearÂand have never gotten more than one or two zukes from itÂthis year none! So that oneÂs out for next year!
And the other one IÂve been planting is a white patty pan (ÂEarly White BushÂ), which also doesnÂt produce enough to make it worth growing again---only got one this year!
IÂm not sure why I donÂt get that many summer squash, but IÂm starting to suspect it may be because my veggie garden is right against the east side of the house, so it only gets sun up until noonish. Everything else seems to be doing fine there, but maybe summer squash needs more sun than thatÂbutÂI ALWAYS get heaps and piles of blossoms (and there are plenty of bees), but I just never get that many squash actually developing.
Anyway, those are the two varieties I plan to grow next year. What are your favorites?