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Anyone try eating crosspollinated squash?
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Pigster    Posted 08-10-2003 at 14:27:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Walking around the place the other day I noticed that my very best squash vines are where I threw the excess from last years crop out for the sheep to eat this spring. Strangely the sheep usually wait until later in the fall to eat vines that come up this way but these are so nice I'm thinking about putting a fence around them til they mature(maybe turn sheep loose in garden-it's so weedy).

However, I realize that these are not necessarily true to species cause I don't know what pollinated them last year. They were sweet-potatoe squash(oblong green and white striped winter squash) that I threw in there and most have the same general apperance in the new crop but on some vines the squash are bumpy/warted like a hubbard squash.

Do y'all think these thangs might taste OK or am I wasting more of my time by trying to baby them through to harvest??

Thank for the answers!!

we always eat 'em    Posted 08-11-2003 at 06:37:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
You're right, they won't be true to species so some will taste better than others, but none are "bad" and most are downright great. I've got several growing in the middle of our lawn right now (left 'em out for the chickens last year) and they're the best plants I have.

tom a

MikeH-Tx    Posted 08-11-2003 at 05:55:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have been allowing a few "volunteer" squash to come up
in the garden for years. It often is the same as the parent,
but many times turns out strange, likemy latest -round
Butternut. It is always edible, but some better than others.
Usually does well, since the seeds germinate when they
want, rather than when you want.

Salmoneye    Posted 08-10-2003 at 15:39:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have been eating a Summer/Zuchinni cross since early July...Get em early before the seed smature...Fry em up in butter or bacon grease...



Now I'm hungry...

Les    Posted 08-10-2003 at 14:55:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey, give 'em a shot. Whattaya got to lose? Might just come up with a new smash variety.
But probably not. And then, its seeds wouldn't be true either.
But, like I said. Whattaya got to lose at this pernt?

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