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First garden produces Garden Game squash

By Tori Jarrell
Salisbury PostIt’s squash growing another squash. Or at least that’s what it seems to be.
This is Rachel and Johnathan Watson’s first year of gardening and they have already come across their first wacky vegetable.
For some, it takes years to find a veggie that is worthy of the Garden Game. But as soon as Johnathan picked his squash, his mother suggested that it deserved to be in the newspaper.
The Watsons’ garden at 748 Hidden Valley Road grows all kinds of vegetables, and 11-year-old Rachel and her 9-year-old brother, Johnathan, love taking care of them.
They use fertilizer from their collection of farm animals, which includes pigs, goats, cows, horses, chickens and rabbits.
After planting seeds they bought at Tractor Supply, they fertilized, watered and watched them grow.
Johnathan went out to the garden one day after skipping a couple of days of checking on it and found their very unusual squash.
“It’s a squash, but it has vines and little leaves on it. I guess it looks like its growing a bunch of little squash on it,” Johnathan said.
His sister agreed. “It’s kind of big and round, and looks like it has another squash growing on it.”
Who knew manure could have such odd effects?
Both kids love having a garden. Johnathan loves watching the vegetables appear on the vine, and Rachel likes the responsibility of it all.
“I love just having to take care of it,” she said.
When asked what they were going to do with their squash, Johnathan said, “I don’t know. Probably just save it until it dies.”
If you have something for the Garden Game, call Wayne Hinshaw at 704-797-4296 to make sure a photographer is available to take your picture.

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