worm farming is what keeps my head working in the winter about the gardens and how nature processes debris. i actually have a whole ecology going on in the worm bins as i also have pill bugs and many other creatures. the types of squash you call pattypans are what are often called summer squash here like zucchini or the yellow thin skinned kind. we don't grow those, but do like cucumbers. all wood used here is for gardens/soil/rotting, we only burn propane for heat. neither of us can tolerate wood smoke. it really is a shame because i do like fires and would love to have a wood stove and to have fires outside once in a while to cook and make biochar and to have a rocket stove and i would also have fun learning about wood gas fuels. i can't cope with sawdust very well either. i tried doing furniture restoration work and paid dearly for it. we had our first hard freeze last night (down to -4.5C). the rest of the week will be a little warmer at night. may stay in the 10-15C range for daytimes. good digging weather if i can get outside.