This is my first time growing yellow crookneck squash. Last summer we had an overload of zucchini, so we restricted our planting this year to one zuke, and added one crook.
The season began gently enough. We pulled summer squash off the vine while they were still young and small. Don't want any of those huge green cudgels out there (although one or two biggies did sneak in).
Then the crookneck plant began a strange growth surge. Instead of growing upward and bushy, it proceeded to march across the lawn in an ever-lengthening ooze. Robust, yes, but charging into the southern sun, like a platoon of stiff-legged North Korean marching soldiers.
And it developed a most unusual flower cluster. More than one flower cluster, actually. This thing was popping out babies like the Queen Ant in the Hive of Hell. Most of the babies stayed oddly small, so we didn't panic. In fact, we ignored the thing.
In so doing, we accidentally allowed a couple of yellow cudgels to develop. (There's one in the lower right of the photo, under the leaf.)
You can't really tell from looking at the pic how bizarre it is. With the naked eye and a biologically correct swiveling neck, you can take it all in: There are literally bouquets of baby squash squirting out of this plant.
I don't know what we're going to do about them all. But October is Eat Local Challenge 2008.
I'm sure the squash would be delicious with cherry tomatoes.
Good thing we have a few of those, too.