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mysterious squash in my garden

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by chickenbloomers, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. chickenbloomers

    chickenbloomers Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] It came up on its own in my garden and I've looked all over the Internet trying to find it but I just keep banging my head against the wall! [​IMG]
    I put mulch in my garden during the spring that I got from the leaf dump so I'm guessing maybe that's were it came from.
    Can any of you identify it?
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Maybe it is a hybrid gourd?
     
  3. chickenbloomers

    chickenbloomers Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't know I'll have to look into it.
    What's the difference between squash and gourd?
     
  4. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think squash have more "meat" and gourds are more fibrous and thinner fleshed.
     
  5. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I don't know, but it sure is pretty!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    It is pretty.
     
  7. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    I don't know the name of it, but that looks like some of the ones I see in the grocery store this time of year. They're sold as decoration for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Pretty!
     
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  8. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    Wow! You must have been shocked when you found that! :lol:
     
  9. torilovessmiles

    torilovessmiles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks like a plain ol' ornamental gourd to me. My neighbor use to hollow them out and make bird houses out of them! They can come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors: https://www.google.com/search?q=ornamental+gourds&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAmoVChMIqKWZjIC9yAIVgRo-Ch0tBAev&biw=1366&bih=643
    It's really possible that it got there from a seed in your mulch. If someone let it rot in their yard or a compost pile after they're done decorating, a bird could have eaten the seeds and dropped it right in your garden!
    They store for a long time when not exposed to the elements. It'd be great for a Thanksgiving centerpiece!
     
  10. chickenbloomers

    chickenbloomers Out Of The Brooder

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    Yah, I think your right torilovessmiles it looks like an ornamental gourd and it probably did come in the mulch, maple trees keep popping up all over my garden and there aren't any maples around were I live![​IMG] I plain to use them as decorations for thanksgiving along with some pumpkins I've grown which I can't wait to do!





    Lol, You have no idea![​IMG] At first I thought it was a pumpkin then the fruits came and I realized that it was not a pumpkin at all. I sure am glad it came up its the most beautiful thing I've ever grown!
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2015

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