pattypan, pattypan–what shall I do with you?

The garden is thriving (yay!)–we’ve gotten five zucchinis this week, one head of cabbage, and our tomato plants are hanging heavy with beautiful green tomatoes.

Our white pattypan squash plant experienced a major growth spurt; we picked two of these crazy-looking veggies today, and there are at least a dozen more underway.


The only thing is, I’m really not sure what to do with these.  I don’t think I’ve ever even *eaten* one before.  My first instinct is stuff them–I did a little googling and that certainly looks like a good possibility.  But I wonder, if I wanted to grill them or saute them, how do I cut them?  Wedges? Rounds?  Might just call for a little culinary experimentation, and from the looks of the plant, no pressure because there really are *plenty* more where these came from.  Stay tuned for the exciting outcome of my pattypan initiation!

On another garden note, hubbie started our bean seeds a few days ago, and they have really taken off.  Is this late to be starting beans?  I’m not sure, but our garden rotation plan called for them to go in when the cauliflower came out, so we’ll hope for the best either way.

Look at them go–reach for the sky little beans!

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4 thoughts on “pattypan, pattypan–what shall I do with you?

  1. My mother (the G in Bonnie G. is for Gardening) said my snow pea plants probably aren’t going to do well because they don’t like the hot weather. Right on cue they have been about two inches tall for the past 2 weeks, while the rest of my garden is flourishing. I don’t know if beans are the same sort of animal, though I do suspect they like the cool weather more than hot weather. I know for SURE that cauliflower like it downright frosty. They “bolt” (flower and turn to seed) in warm temperatures if you don’t harvest them in time– so be vigilant! What kind of beans be your seedlings? Farmer and Bonnie G planted a whole football field of green beans. I’ll be rooting for your little guys.

    • Yep, our cauliflower totally bolted, its now half cauliflower, half purple-ly flowers! We were so excited when we saw cauliflower heads forming, but only a week after we saw them, they started to look like they were covered with black fuzz. Not enough experience to know what that meant. Oh well, noted for next year, get that cauliflower in early! I suppose we could have ‘harvested’ our cauliflower before it flowered, but it only would have been enough for a very petite veggie tray. Cabbage is still looking good though despite the ubiquitous cabbage worms–they all seem to be gone now after peaking two weeks ago with absolute PILES of green eggs in our cabbage plants. At least I assume they were cabbage worm eggs, whatever they were they were thoroughly disgusting.

  2. Sara, this is my first time responding to a blog! Aren’t you honored? So, did the cabbage worms do permanent damage? Did you put that white powdered stuff on them, or did they go away on their own? I can’t believe you have harvested that much. You are going to laugh when you see my garden tomorrow. I just discovered my first tiny little tomatoes tonight.

    • I am totally honored! The little worms did get some leaf eating in, but we were vigilant about plucking them off every night when we checked the garden, so most of the cabbages aren’t too bad off. We probably missed a few each time, because I found a couple really fat ones once in a while. We didn’t use any kind of powder/repellent, just plucking the worms and swishing out the eggs with water. Their season must be over, because I haven’t seen any in the last week or two. Steve told us its a particular moth that lays the eggs in your plants; maybe next year we will try some netting or something to keep them off. I should take a new picture of our squash bed, its going so crazy it looks downright jungle-y!

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