I’ve always planted lots of curcubits of the summer variety–zucchini, cucumbers, even some melons. But never a lot of winter squashes, until my son stuck a pair of butternut squash seedlings in the ground last year. They yielded two dozen delicious squashes that kept beautifully in the house all winter. (Winter squashes like being stored at warmish temperatures.) So this year, I decided to take a leap forward by planting about eight winter squash plants of different varieties. They are just relentless growers, with dinosaur-sized leaves, and have stomped everything in their path, including my summer squashes. Clearly, I have to rethink quantity or location next year. Throwing them out of the garden entirely and planting them in the compost pile, as some books recommend, is not really an option, given the predators here.