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With more rainy weather in the forecast, I decided to harvest my squash crop yesterday. Today is a miserable, drizzly day, so it’s just as well I gathered in the squash.

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I grew these squash from seedlings that I purchased at the local nursery in the spring. The vines spent the summer gambolling about the tomato plants, in and out and over. Just on a whim, I purchased some small decorative gourds and these little rascals outperformed all the other vines. They were everywhere! I got a good crop of wee gourds, but apart from Thanksgiving Day table decorations, I’m not sure what to do with them.

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There’s a good sampling of vegetable spaghetti squash and acorn squash, but certainly the stars of the crop are the two mammoth hubbard squash. I’ve never grown hubbard squash before and I was quite enchanted with them when I discovered these two blue giants hidden under squash leaves.

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I set the larger hubbard on my bathroom scale and it weighed in at 13 pounds. Ha! Fiddlegirl suggested that I bake the pair and then freeze the cooked squash for future use in appropriately sized portions. In the meantime, I’ve just been enjoying their considerable presence and was inspired to capture them for posterity. Here they are, three shots of hubbard squash as still life.

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