Squash Switcheroo

Yeah so… as you can see things are progressing quite nicely within the confines of the backyard pumpkin patch, I first (and last) reported on at its very beginning August 20. Ten of the 14 seeds planted have risen.

Except… I didn’t plant pumpkins. Apparently I planted butternut squash, instead. I make that admission based on the shape of the decidedly unpumpkin-like and very much butternut squash-looking vegetables that are growing, like so:

Short story: Mistaken seed identity. Elaboration: After harvesting the seeds from the sole pumpkin produced last October, I put them in a little saucer on the kitchen window sill. Then at some point I also harvested the seeds from a store-bought butternut squash and put them in another saucer on the same sill. There they both sat until last month. Since the two seeds look practically identical, when I got around to planting them in August, the silled and saucered seeds selected and sown that I supposed were pumpkin soooooo weren’t.

Delaying realization of the mix-up was the fact that they grow pretty much the same, have the same shaped leaves and put out the same orange blossoms. But as the above-pictured nubbin (the largest of several other sub-nubbins) has progressed, its shape has forced me to come to grips with the distinct possibility that I pulled a squash switcheroo on myself. Sigh.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."