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Wed May 14, 2014, 09:04 AM

a squash growing out of my compost....

I put in my compost into my garden earlier this year and out pops this mystery squash.

any idea what it could be?

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Reply a squash growing out of my compost.... (Original post)
Javaman May 2014 OP
Scuba May 2014 #1
Downwinder May 2014 #2
Javaman May 2014 #7
Downwinder May 2014 #9
sinkingfeeling May 2014 #3
postulater May 2014 #4
Javaman May 2014 #5
OnyxCollie May 2014 #6
enough May 2014 #8
CrispyQ May 2014 #10
Major Nikon May 2014 #11
Sentath May 2014 #12
Javaman May 2014 #13
FloriTexan May 2014 #14
lululu May 2014 #15

Response to Javaman (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 09:05 AM

1. Easy, it's a volunteer!

 

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 09:11 AM

2. You obviously don't have any alfalfa hay in your compost.

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Response to Downwinder (Reply #2)

Wed May 14, 2014, 09:24 AM

7. I never by outside compost.

it's always my own.

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Response to Javaman (Reply #7)

Wed May 14, 2014, 09:53 AM

9. Neighbor here was given some alfalfa hay which she fed to her

horses and then put in her compost. In her words, "All the tomatoes i put out this year had all this weird stunted twisty growth and I found out it was
herbicide damage and look how i got it."

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 09:15 AM

3. I've had watermelons come from my compost pile.

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 09:17 AM

4. Oh my Gourd!

It's alien!

Seriously, where are you that you already have fruit like that?

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Response to postulater (Reply #4)

Wed May 14, 2014, 09:21 AM

5. Austin, Texas. :)

I also have, to brag a bit, a mess of spaghetti squash as well.

this one, however, is proving to be a quandary.

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 09:23 AM

6. Don't fall asleep next to it.

 

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 09:32 AM

8. It's a beaut! Looks like haute couture. (nt)

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 10:14 AM

10. It's gorgeous!

How cool.

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 11:05 AM

11. My guess is it's some type of wild gourd that has cross pollinated with another squash

Certain varieties of squash will cross pollinate and create random shapes and colors. It probably won't be too good for eating, but it will likely dry to a hard shell so you might be able to make something out of it.

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 12:28 PM

12. Lovely, but apparently guessing it's ancestry is almost impossible.

I link this with a little caution, because I do not know what the author thinks a citron is, but I know it isn't a melon.

http://www.walterreeves.com/food-gardening/squashpumpkincucumberwatermelon-pollination-explanation/

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Response to Sentath (Reply #12)

Wed May 14, 2014, 03:23 PM

13. Thanks!

I think you are right. I'm now believing it's a cross pollination of a summer squash and zucchini.

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Wed May 14, 2014, 05:05 PM

14. One could call it is a Squashmelon

Looks like a melding or a squash and a water melon

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Tue May 20, 2014, 03:35 PM

15. Potatoes grow in my compost pile.

 

That is a lovely whateveritis.

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