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Mon Aug 23, 2021, 07:42 AM

Need help identifying this...

This year the compost pile has been treating us to unintended plants. We received a “compost-a-loupe, no fruit yet but a beautiful plant. We also got a bunch of roma tomatoes can always use those.
But this one has us positively flummoxed. This plant of which I only show the fruit looks exactly like a zucchini plant since we grow lots of zucchini it seemed a normal thing. The strange thing is it’s outside of the pile, couple feet away. We let it grow cuz, why not?

Well the fruit came out looking like a little round ball, small ping-pong ball size. ????
As it’s getting older this is what we have. We only grow “Black Beauty” zucchini which is a heirloom variety. Looks little like an acorn squash, we don’t grow those (we should) so I don’t know what a “baby” acorn may look like.

Help!

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Reply Need help identifying this... (Original post)
MiHale Aug 2021 OP
zuul Aug 2021 #1
MiHale Aug 2021 #6
Bluethroughu Aug 2021 #2
MiHale Aug 2021 #5
Bluethroughu Aug 2021 #20
chia Aug 2021 #3
MiHale Aug 2021 #7
chia Aug 2021 #10
MiHale Aug 2021 #11
Bluethroughu Aug 2021 #21
chia Aug 2021 #22
Bluethroughu Aug 2021 #23
chia Aug 2021 #24
Wicked Blue Aug 2021 #4
TreasonousBastard Aug 2021 #8
MiHale Aug 2021 #9
TreasonousBastard Aug 2021 #12
MiHale Aug 2021 #13
mopinko Aug 2021 #14
TreasonousBastard Aug 2021 #15
mopinko Aug 2021 #16
TreasonousBastard Aug 2021 #17
packman Aug 2021 #18
MiHale Aug 2021 #19

Response to MiHale (Original post)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 07:47 AM

1. My advice: don't go to sleep!

“They’re here already! They’re here already! You’re next!”

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Response to zuul (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 08:09 AM

6. Louder...I'm running away as fast as I can!

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Response to MiHale (Original post)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 07:50 AM

2. Looks like acorn squash.

I grow summer squash and it grows like the zucchini small to large not in a ball.

I will never spread compost around my garden ever again. I tried it for the first time this year and it made a mess of my garden.

I usually only use natural mulch, and had way better results.

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Response to Bluethroughu (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 08:08 AM

5. Compost is mainly used to get rid of biomass...

For in the garden mulching I use Comfrey which I grow in huge bunches and straw.

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Response to MiHale (Reply #5)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 01:24 PM

20. Ah...

Thanks for the info. My garden was nuts this year, because I used my garden compost...

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Response to MiHale (Original post)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 07:51 AM

3. I've grown round yellow summer squash, but don't remember the name of it, they looked like this:



and they were delicious. Mild flavor, thin skins. But yours looks a little more elongated.

It'll be interesting to see if your squash changes color as it ripens, and whether the skin toughens and thickens.

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Response to chia (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 08:12 AM

7. I used Google lens to try to identify...

and it came up with results that look like those green ones.

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Response to MiHale (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 08:32 AM

10. Well, there are round zucchini too. I hope you come back and update when they're ripe!

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Response to chia (Reply #10)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 08:35 AM

11. Found that out...

Gotta try rounds next year. Getting closer…could be a baby Delicata squash haven’t grown them in a couple years but…

I will update

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Response to chia (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 01:26 PM

21. Wow those are so cute, never seen those before.

I love squash bread with any fruit added.

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Response to Bluethroughu (Reply #21)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 01:59 PM

22. They were so, so good, very tender skin, very bright and fresh flavor, would def grow again!

I probably got the from Baker's Creek Heirloom Seeds, it's been a couple years but that's where I've gotten a lot of my seeds.

https://www.rareseeds.com

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Response to chia (Reply #22)

Tue Aug 24, 2021, 06:41 AM

23. I will try next year !

Thank you.

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Response to Bluethroughu (Reply #23)

Tue Aug 24, 2021, 10:51 AM

24. Happy gardening! :)

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Response to MiHale (Original post)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 07:59 AM

4. Could be an accidental hybrid

Squashes and pumpkins can crossbreed. We had a squash-pumpkin plant pop up in the garden two years ago. It tasted wonderful when we roasted it. It's mild enough in Maryland that the seeds can overwinter in the yard and sprout in late spring.

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Response to MiHale (Original post)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 08:21 AM

8. Looks like acorns, but there are so many varieties out there..

that you don't know unless it's your seed. Could be an oddball Hubbard.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #8)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 08:28 AM

9. Thx my thinking too but...

I thought I’d take a shot at identifying here. The fun will keep on. Mystery plants are fun to work with. Last squash (hard skin) we grew was a Delicata, couple years ago but maybe?

Edited to add… thanks for the direction push TB. looked up Delicata and the “babies” are similar.

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Response to MiHale (Reply #9)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 08:37 AM

12. Love delicatas! I like to cut them in half, fill the halves with...

something good, stick 'em in the oven or nuke and enjoy. I do the same with acorns.

Fall the farm stands around here are loaded with squash, and every yesr new stuff shows up.

Ever tried sweet potato squash? That's exactly what it tastes like.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #12)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 08:40 AM

13. No gotta look for that...love sweet potatoes.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #8)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 08:51 AM

14. likely this. the whole family

crosses easily. i think 30' between varieties is the rec. but depends on what's around and how busy the bees are.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #14)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 08:58 AM

15. I'll get around to asking some local farmers in a week or so. I tried growing...

a few varieties years ago, but moles, or some critter, got in there and started eating the roots. Everything died.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #15)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 08:59 AM

16. probably squash beetles.

they lay their eggs when the plant is small, then the larvae chew their way out.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #16)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 09:01 AM

17. Could be. There were tunnels, though, so I figured a critter.

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Response to MiHale (Original post)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 09:33 AM

18. Keep an eye on it - you never know

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Response to packman (Reply #18)

Mon Aug 23, 2021, 10:43 AM

19. ...

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