Squash or Gourd

I have these yellow-and-green squash growing in my front yard, in a pile that has mostly garden scraps and a bit of decayed kitchen scraps. I didn’t plant them there. Maybe next year I will actually purposely plant squash or broccoli there, because it’s right behind my climbing rose bush and in the front yard, so I don’t think the ground hog will visit there. Speaking of the ground hog, who lives under our garage, I am planning to buy a love trap between now and next spring, and then arrange for the ground hog to take up residence in Johnson Park, because allegedly ground hogs won’t cross River Road.

I think this squash (or gourd? what’s the definition of a gourd?) would look pretty on our table on September 29, the first evening of Rosh Hashana. The yehi ratzon prayer that one says on the squash is:

Yehi ratzon mi-le-faneha Adonai Eloheinu ve-lo-hei avoteinu
she-tik-rah ro-a gezar dinenu ve-yi-karehu lefa-neha za-hee-yo-teinu.
May it be thy will, Lord our God and God of our fathers, that you should
tear up any evil decree and let only our merits be read before You.

The Aramaic for squash is k’ra, and the play on words is kra with an ayin is to tear (tear up any evil decree) and kra with aleph is to read (only our merits be read).

To learn more, read my post about the simanim (symbols) for Rosh Hashana (a beet leaf watercolor is there to represent beets, another siman).
I already posted about a carrot, and if life goes smoothly, maybe I will start a watercolor of a pomegranate this Sunday.

And Sara Chapman correctly identified all three flowers in my daughter’s bouquet to her teacher, including the purple asters that are shown in this photo. Welcome to my blog, Sara (now you can visit her blog, too).

13 thoughts on “Squash or Gourd

  • I didn’t purposely grow this. It grew on its own! I tried cooking it, I liked the way it tasted, I lived to tell the tale, but the shell is too hard to use easily. I was hoping it would be softer skinned, like zucchini. It’s just a home-gardening experiment. When I’ve had these spontaneous squash growths before, they’ve been in the backyard, and they’ve either died on their own or been eaten by the groundhog. This experiment survived.

  • Doesn’t quite look lke a gourd, dunno for sure. My mom used to grow gourds when she was living and now I have and large bowl of them and they are beautiful one actually looks like a duck or swan or something, should post that. I love those asters at the bottom of your page, they are asters aren’t they.

  • Rosie, they are actually growing on a vine (like other squash do) and decide to wrap themselves around my front yard bushes. I guess it does look rather funny.

  • But isn’t a squash, like a pumpkin, actually a gourd? Same family, different genus? These look good, peeled and steamed and served with butter, salt and pepper.

  • I hate to say this as you aren’t killing the ground hog, but relocation usually results in the animal dying. There are territories and a strange animal thrust into that situation usually can’t adapt and dies. I found this out when my neighbors were relocating muskrats after shooting them didn’t work…

  • Michelle, I think it will be fine in the park. My neighbor sent over 11 groundhogs there in the beginning of the summer. The park is much more of a natural habitat that the underneath of my garage.

  • Squash makes a lovely addition to the table, not only as a food to eat, but also as a decoration or centerpiece.

    I had problems with rabbits, recently, and managed to trap and move them to an empty lot a few blocks away.

  • Marcos, feel free to comment on whatever post you like. I’m a big fan of flowers and veggies, too. And now when I look at those squash, I’ll think of Brazil.

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