Summer Squash, Winter Squash and Eating Squash Flowers

In this episode Ellen and C.L. squash a lot of information into about 25 minutes. We talk about how to prepare summer squash flowers, ways to judge if a winter squash is ripe, and coping with squash vine borers and powdery mildew on squash plants. Once we’ve been fully squashed, we move onto the berries on Staghorn Sumac.

:35  What’s for dinner: Eating squash flowers
Insider Information: How to tell if winter squash is ripe
Eat/Drink/Grow: Pests of Summer Squash
Love Letters and Questions: Are Sumac berries poisonous or edible?

Here are some squash flowers ready to be stuffed with kale and cheese.

Once the stuffing is in, tie them closed with a chive.

Bake on parchment paper in a 350 degree oven until they are wilted and cheese is melted.

Winter squash should have turned the color it’s supposed to have when ripe before you pick it. Google the name of the type of squash you’ve planted to compare your crop to what they should be when finished.

See the stems where the leaves have been cut off at the bottom of this photo? We’ve removed those leaves from the garden because they had mildew.

Male flowers have long, skinny stems under the bloom, but the females are thick and almost immediately look like baby squash.

As Ellen explains, Staghorn Sumac has upright, red berries. These are safe to use in beverages.

Learn about an easy, vegetable comfort dish and the Norfolk Island Pine houseplant. Discover great holiday gifts and find out what is meant by “genus and species.” There are no stupid questions here, as long as the topic is plants!

:30 What’s For Dinner:   Twice Baked Potatoes
6:42  Eat/Drink/Grow:   Norfolk Island Pine Araucaria heterophylla native to Norfolk Island, a small island between Australia and New Zealand and not really a pine.
14:34 Insider Information: The Plantrama Gift List
21:28 Love Letters and Questions: Could you please explain the terms species and genus?

Gift List:
Our Books and Plantrama Merch
Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening: Rare Varieties - Unusual Options - Plant Lore & Guidance Matt Mattus
Orbit B-hyve Irrigation
Gift certificate from Botanical Interest Seeds

All sorts of veggies can be mixed into the potato...kale, broccoli, chard, or winter squash are some favorites

You can freeze twice baked potatoes after you put them together. Then they are ready to take out of the freezer and bake when you need healthy comfort food.

People appreciate a Norfolk Island Pine as a substitute indoor Christmas tree because it's bright green and the layered branches can hold some ornaments.

Some put this plant out in a dappled sun location for the summer. If you wish to do so, wait until all danger of frost is past.


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