Back this spring I planted 8 butternut squash seeds, all of which sprouted and thrived. I ended up giving away 5 plants to coworkers. The 3 I kept are continuing to flourish - I guess they're enjoying our unusually cool summer this year - and this morning I noticed a few enormous blossoms. One of the vendors at the farmer's market this morning told me that the butternuts he had available were his first of the season. I planted late, so maybe I'll be able to start "harvesting" by Labor Day. I'm looking forward to being able to pick my own and cook with them!
Last week I bought a little anise hyssop bedding plant. The vendor told me they attract the "good bugs" that eat the critters that eat my plants. The hyssop also has a nice, light anise smell and a pretty little purple flower that kinda reminds me of a very tiny thistle. Here's hoping it thrives and does indeed keep squash borers and other vermin away from my squash plants.