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Squash Tatume: Harvest number 2!

Monday, 14 Feb 11 Overcast 25°C / 77°F

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The scourge of powdery mildew.

Something had to give and it’s a draw between these and the cucumbers. Powdery mildew has bought them to their knees, this one in particular. There are a couple more on the plant but I thought I’d harvest this one and try it out later on in the week.

It’s been a particularly wet season so it’s no real surprise that the mildew got them, but they don’t seem as robust as the zucchinis are against the white powder. They succumbed quickly.


Photos taken on different days, thus the weird colour discrepancy

  1. As picked today
  2. On what’s left of the vine last weekend.
  3. Argh, she was quicker than me, plus she had a knife.


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Day 121

Squash 'Tatume'

Cucurbita pepo

Harvesting 1.0 x item [1996.0 g]

Not a bad size. I wonder if it’s as big as they grow in Texas? :-)

Northern garden


  • poppyde

    poppyde wrote:

    Someone stole your photos.

    Posted on 15 Feb 11 (over 4 years ago)

  • namida

    namida wrote:

    I hope that one will still taste great! How big is it anyway?

    Posted on 15 Feb 11 (over 4 years ago)

  • graibeard

    graibeard wrote:

    @poppyde, Yep, #3 is missing as I’m not allowed to cut it open until the cook is ready. :-(

    @namida, 180mm (7") tall and 160mm (61/4") dia, and here’s hoping too.

    Posted on 15 Feb 11 (over 4 years ago)

  • TropicanaRoses

    TropicanaRoses wrote:

    Awesome graibeard. What do these taste like, and what do you use them for? I’m just a yank, new to the veggie gardening portion, and what do I know. :D

    Posted on 15 Feb 11 (over 4 years ago)

  • flowerweaver

    flowerweaver wrote:

    Yes, that is about the size they get here. We usually harvest them when they are green—after I’m tired of eating them I let them go orange and set them about as pumpkin-like decorations. I’m surprised you’ve only gotten two so far, as they are prolific here. I think I told you my local friend Jim got 98 lbs of them off of two plants he trellised! But then you’ve had an unusually wet season so perhaps they will do better next year.

    Posted on 15 Feb 11 (over 4 years ago)

  • gloryngracefarms

    gloryngracefarms wrote:

    still a beautiful sight…

    Posted on 16 Feb 11 (over 4 years ago)

  • halhurst

    halhurst wrote:

    Sorry to hear about the PM. I wondered if tatume would be good for me; now I know I should hold out for mildew resistant strains.

    Posted on 16 Feb 11 (over 4 years ago)

  • redloon

    redloon wrote:

    PM is evil!!! Nice looking squash, though. Looking forward to seeing it cut open. :)

    Posted on 17 Feb 11 (over 4 years ago)

  • graibeard

    graibeard wrote:

    @TropicanaRoses, Very nice at stage 1, still waiting on stage 2.
    @flowerweaver, There may well be a few more than 2 as it’s a bit wild over in that section of the patch, part of the vine ran along the ground and took root so I’m hoping they didn’t get shaded out by the Queensland Blue pumpkin. Yep, always next year and I’ll be saving seed as well.
    @gloryngracefarms, Indeed, it makes it all worthwhile.
    @halhurst, either that or keep on top of it, which I didn’t even try to do. I’ve got a base line now so next time I will be a tad more proactive on the pm sprays.
    @redloon, Evil indeed, and I can’t wait either. This is the stage that most intrigues me, the first one was the summer squash side of it, will this one be the winter squash side? I’m keen to know but we have an abundance of squash at the moment (who’d have though that? :-) so I’m being kept on tenterhooks.

    Posted on 17 Feb 11 (over 4 years ago)

  • Nakedpippi

    Nakedpippi wrote:

    Fine looking specimen :) Keen to see pic #3 when it’s allowed up :)

    Posted on 18 Feb 11 (over 4 years ago)

  • graibeard

    graibeard wrote:

    Blast I didn’t get to it in time, plus she had a knife and wasn’t afraid to use it!
    Yes Dear, Nice work Dear. Can you put down the knife while I take a photo?
    See photo 3!

    Fairly thin walled and still a little on the green side judging by the colour.

    Had it with Scrambled Eggs, some Garlic, a small Green pepper and served on a bed of brown rice. It was a little on the dry side but we wanted to know what it was like with minimal extras – next time it’ll be jazzed up a little more. Not as good as when small, but still great tucker!

    Posted on 18 Feb 11 (over 4 years ago)

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