Coup d´état in the Urban Victory Garden

One are of the octopus squash plantIt been a while since i have written an update  on the Urban Victory Garden.  While not intentional, I have been unsure what could thrive or even survive the brutal weather of summer in Texas. The good news is that this summer is much cooler than 2011.  In Texas that means it’s 95° rather than 105° plus.  There are still only a selective number of vegetable plants that can flourish at this time of year.  Throughout the season crops from the Urban Victory Garden have been rotating.  To date, since the on-set of summer, harvests have included: cantaloupes, beans, cucumbers, jalpeños, sweet peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, strawberries, asparagus, sunflower seeds and lots of herbs.  As other plants have matured and died off  a coup d’état brought on by the butternut squash has occurred.  Every inch of the garden vacated by other plants has been re-occupied by the octopus like butternut squash plant.  On a single plant there are more than 20 squashes on their way to maturity. I am looking forward to the harvest with plenty of squash  to share!  Her are a few current images of the Urban Victory Garden.


About Richard Ellis

. Currently I am a docent and a member of the Further Education Dept. at the Smithsonian Institute. My interests are many including: history, current affairs, the environment, education, digital photography, dogs, exercise, gardening, travel,fitness, films, theater, classical rock, folk & country music and more that I cannot think of at the moment
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