Tuesday, 7 July 2020

The Pumpkin Patch.


                            

Back in May I dug this dedicated Pumpkin/Squash bed. It measures just 1.20 by 1.20 Metres, and was heavily manured and composted. I planted 3 large ribbed grey Pumpkins, 3 medium sized red Pumpkins, and 3 Butternut Squash.

                       

Now, just a couple of months later, it looks like this. I'm encouraging the growth to head North into no-mans-land. It'll be easy enough later to find the fruits amongst all the undergrowth.

                       

There are even tiny Pumpkins forming. I'm predicting that we'll have a very good crop.

30 comments:

  1. Are red pumpkins actually red?

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    1. Only the outside. The flesh is orange, and is delicious. I'll post pictures in Autumn.

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  2. They are certainly looking good.

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    1. It'll be interesting to see the results in Autumn.

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    2. Susan H..
      McLeods Bay. Info from relative of a friend.

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  3. We'll wait for the fall to see them in full beauty.

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    1. I'm expecting great things; I hope I won't be disappointed.

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  4. At first glance I thought that bed would be too small (a bit of a squash!) but of course they escape and go wherever they want. You're going to get a good crop.

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    1. The soil is 99% manure/compost, and I'm watering quite regularly. My fingers are crossed.

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  5. Darn your pumpkins are producing pumpkins. mine are just producing leaves.

    Break a leg

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    1. Have a discreet word with them... they usually do what they're told!

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  6. Neighbours in New Zealand at the bottom of our drive nearly a kilometre from my cottage grew huge pumpkins. Their house and vegetable patch was well above the drive. One day I was driving out in the morning to discover a massive pumpkin had made a bid for freedom and charged down the hill. Fortunately there were some trees by the road and it had lodged against one. I hope that yours are more disciplined.

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    1. Any bid to escape will be dealt with severely. I doubt if any of mine will be 'massive', the grey ribbed ones are football size maximum.

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  7. We have never grown pumpkins, although sometimes an overlooked courgette turns into something very close.

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    1. I really don't like giant Marrows. They have no real flavour, and are only good for the compost. Best to eat them as Courgettes.

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  8. All looks really healthy and they are racing away .... makes up for the tomatoes ! XXXX

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    1. It's good to see something really doing well, it makes-up for the failures.

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  9. It is too bad that your grandsons aren’t there to see them grow. Kids love pumpkins.

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    1. We have one here at the moment, but he's going home quite soon. Maybe he'll see the results in Autumn.

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  10. They all seem to be doing well! I'm fighting with cucumber beetles on mine. I hope your tomatoes are thriving. -Jenn

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    1. One of my plants has just been dug-up by a Mole. I'm now down to just 5 plants. Disaster.

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  11. For us this year it is the broad beans that are looking sick. They are curling up and looking very unhappy. They did have the usual black fly which I sprayed but I wonder if I was too late.

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    1. I once grew Broad Beans, and the plants turned black over night. I didn't bother again. Goodness knows what happened!

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  12. Are the borders between France, England and the rest of Europe completely open now. I know a few weeks ago your son was with you from London and you say here that you have a grandson with you at present (not sure where he is from) . Just interested in whether the borders are completely open, presumably they are.

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    1. Kimbo had no problem driving down. Then recently he had to return to the UK for two days (leaving Ollie with us) and again flew out and back with no problem. We were a little concerned, but obviously less so than the authorities.

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  13. I always had the little ones plant pumpkins, radishes,fast growers, and carrots.
    They make pumpkin holders so they can rest on them not the dirt and mold.
    parsnip

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    1. I used to make mini-gardens for the children, not unlike my Pumpkin patch. I'd give them one plant of everything; they loved it.

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  14. I successfully grew 3 potimarrons one year when I had a garden, but never got lucky again. They were picture perfect and did taste divine. Best of luck with this hearty patch!

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