I had to leave the garden for five days and returned to find some interesting developments. Most obvious, there was some damage, probably done by an injured turkey that was trapped in the backyard:
The zucchini bed also took a beating but it bounced back nicely with a heavy watering. I am hoping that the yellow squash will survive. The damage to the plants did not seem to hurt squash production. Evidently, five days is much too long to leave squash unpicked, even if it is brutalized by large birds:
I noticed that the yellow squash have returned to their proper shape, exonerating themselves from the case of the mystery squash.
The mystery plants were untouched, as if their lack of a clear identity wards off even sick turkeys. Their produce continues to mystify:
The round fruit keeps getting bigger, and without any idea what it should look like, I just let it keep growing until yesterday, when I decided it was time to pick the biggest one. Perhaps a dissection will help clear things up. A google search came up with a few possibilities: a round zucchini, a spaghetti squash, a korean squash and of course, a pumpkin. It obviously looks like a pumpkin:
According to a google search for baby pumpkins photos, the little ones also look like pumpkins:
I am still not quite convinced that this is a normal pumpkin. First of all, the plants do not act or look like vines, and the plant that is growing from the seed I planted from a packet that said “pumpkins” and showed a photo of a fine, uncarved orange jack-o-lantern… that plant has rounded leaves and vines that crawl:
My mystery plants have stalks that stand up with leaves shaped more like big maple leaves than pumpkin leaves:
Also, the multi-tasking plant continues to multi-task, producing regular zucchini at a regular rate while also growing the round fruit:
Finally I googled “Why are my zucchini plants producing pumpkins?” I got nothing, aside from advice about how to pollinate zucchini and questions about zucchini not producing. That is not the problem here. Ah well, as soon as I find a knife big enough I will cut the thing open and see if that tells me anything.
The cucumber are coming into their own. The Burpless ones have produced about four tasty cucumbers:
The gigantic lemon cucumber plant has several little round fellows on the way. They look a little like baby vultures:
They get a little better looking when they grow up, like the first one I picked, shown here with the first Early Girl tomatoes:
I ate them a few minutes after taking that photo. They were delicious. More tomatoes are on the way, but coming slowly from the Boys:
The bell peppers are creeping along, and only the mini bell plants have visible fruit so far. But they have lots:
I hope they are tasty.