Crenshaw Winter Squash
Originally published Summer 2011
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Because of the many problems that I experience with certain winter squash, especially c. maxima, I, for the most part, only grow c. moschata winter squash. However, since there is always an exception to things, this year I am also growing 1 Crenshaw winter squash (and a few Table Queen Acorns made it so far). The problems I encounter with c. maxima include the evil, dreaded squash vine borer, excessive squash bugs and the environmental issue that the hot, dry south just isn’t the best place to be growing the awesomely beautiful jumbo squash.
As mentioned in previous posts, I have pre-emptively injected BT worm killer into the base of the stem of my one Crenshaw squash plant that germinated and survived. This is to try to prevent the evil squash vine borer from killing it. I need to remember to perform this injection of BT every 2 weeks or so during the summer – and also for all of my summer squash.
This is my first crenshaw squash: (note that I put my squash on a board or something similiar. This keeps the fruit from rotting and keeps the moles and gophers from tunneling up into the fruit.)
This is my 2nd fruit:
These pics were taken a week ago. I now have several more fruit and these 2 firsts are much larger. Winter squash have a characteristic of trying to pop out a few roots at each leaf junction in the stem. I need to put dirt on these roots and encourage them to grow into the ground. This strengthens the vine by providing more roots so that if the initial stem is damaged -like maybe by borers – the plant will still survive. I knew full well that this would be an issue when I decided to grow my 5 butternut varieties up onto cattle panels. So far this plant is nice an healthy and is sending out branches at many leaf junctions.