So by now you are undoubtedly familiar with our obsession with Halloween and burning pumpkins. We only sacrificed two pumpkins this year:
We actually burned the second one on Halloween night, as our (meager) trick-or-treaters were tailing off. If I’d had marshmellows, I would have roasted them over that fellow.
A few posts ago, I talked a little bit about how some of the vegetables got completely out of hand this year, particularly the radishes out back that were mixed in with the pumpkins and watermelons. A few of the radishes in the front also got away from us, but our determination to leave them in the ground was deliberate in the main kitchen garden, as opposed to just missing them out back.
This past Sunday J turned over the gardens with the rototiller since frost was predicted for several nights this week. Turning the ground just before a frost helps kill off any bacteria or bugs that might be found in the soil. It’s not a guarantee, but most farmers follow that rule of thumb. So finally the last of the radishes had to come out of the main garden. This one doesn’t even look like a radish at this point, it’s so monsterous:
And because we cannot leave well enough alone, we decided to allow the radish to express its true personality. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you……Count Radicula:
Yes, we are completely ridiculous. Hello, we have a blog about gardening. What will be worse is when we do it as part of the decorations next year, because we have lots of sets of fake vampire teeth. You probably don’t want to know the story behind that.
Hey, it’s October, and I am completely focused on Halloween, my favorite holiday. In the spirit of that, I give you photos of monsterous and mutant vegetables.
This is one of the radishes that grew out back with the pumpkins. The stalk on it got long enough that it trailed down and intertwined with the pumpkins, so it was not until the pumpkin vines started dying off that we noticed there was this monsterous mutant growing with the pumpkins. It’s about the size of a softball:
Way too large for a radish. It did make us wonder how long we could leave them there and just how big they would get.
As you know, our squash plants were decimated by squash beetles. Our neighbors, J & S, just a few hundred feet from us, saw virtually no damage at all. They planted quite a bit of zucchini & summer squash, and it often gets away from them, as is evidenced in the photo below:
They are arranged in an oversized mixing bowl in that photo, and the soda bottle you see in the upper right corner is actually a 2-liter bottle of soda, not a 16-oz one, just so you have perspective.
We actually consumed all that squash (I made epic amounts of chocolate chip zucchini bread, which freezes really well), but we chose to leave the radish for the rabbit.