6.29.2010

It Came from Under the Porch

Odd things happen around here, plants pop up in unexpected places and we let them grow just to find out what they are. This particular plant has us scratching our heads, though. It came up under the edge of the porch from seed -- where the seed came from is the mystery...

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The vine is huge and the fruit is interesting. We'll let it stay and if it's something we like, we'll save the seed for next year.

6 comments:

Floridacracker said...

I'm such a fan of 1950's campy sci fi that I had to click here first today.
Not disappointed!
What a cool cucurbitoid.

Caroline said...

Looks like a buttercup squash infant to me, they are yummy baked with butter and brown sugar around about October up North.

Woodswalker said...

Did you set pumpkins on your steps last Halloween? Did they get chewed on by critters who dropped their seeds in the dirt beneath your porch? One year we threw a rotten pumpkin into a pile of dead leaves and next summer the vines stalked straight across our lawn and we had no idea what they were until their green fruit turned orange.

Anonymous said...

I'm voting for a butternut squash but it could also be a pumpkin. Can't wait to see what it grows up to be. Maineiac

swamp4me said...

FC,
So far no pods have appeared...but you never know.

Caroline,
How big do buttercups get? This fruit is already about 6 inches across.

Woodswalker,
That's the weird thing. We didn't have any pumpkins last year. We have no clue as to where this particular seed originated. If it turns orange, I'll let you know!

Maineac,
Not butternut, we grow those and are familiar with both the plant and the leaves. Whatever it turns out to be, we'll probably eat it!!

Pablo said...

I recently found cantaloupe growing beside my cabin at Roundrock. I'm guessing it was from some lunch scraps.