The zucchini has now got a new rival: the butternut squash! Â I planted a Waltham butternut squash, not knowing that it is one of the largest butternut squashes, both in the size of the vine and the size of the fruit. Â (I feel that nurseries should offer warnings on their baby plants: “Warning: This Plant Will Take Over the Garden and Eat Your House!” Â It’s rather like seeing an adorable little baby anaconda in the pet store, buying it, and five years later winding up with an 20-foot behemoth that has its own room in the house and is eyeing you with a hungry look.) Â At any rate, after growing slowly for a few weeks, it has suddenly taken off.
Alien (split into two photos because the zucchini is now too large to capture in just one photo):
Fortunately (?) they are on diagonally opposite sides of the garden, so they would essentially have to take over the entire garden in order to meet. Â However, the butternut squash is already muscling into the beans and eyeing the tomatoes, and the zucchini is rampaging over the cucumbers and threatening the eggplant. Â So it will be interesting to see what happens.
And, because I have been told that baby pictures are adorable: