Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sorry its been so long - update on garden.

Sorry its been so long since my last post. Here is James and most of our pumpkin harvest. 4 cinderella pumpkins, 9 Musquee de Provence, and 4 batwing pumpkins. This is all from my half plot which is amazing! It's definately a pumpkin year for us. The batwings which are next to James' hand didn't turn out like they said they would lest I picked them too late, maybe they were darker and turned more orange over time, I don't know. They are supposed to be black on the bottom and orange on the top. Here is a pic of what they are supposed to look like. Oh well. It's supposed to rain this weekend, that is what has prompted me to pick all my pumpkins and squash except for the luffahs, which are just starting to produce. They say they need a long growing season and now I believe it. They didn't start producing until a couple of weeks ago, but they grow fast. Hopefully I will remember to get a picture of them soon. They are taking over the tepee and the bean trellis. They are pretty though. Constantly in bloom.
Here are my New England Pie pumpkins. They will be yummy! Oh, and final thought on direct seed vs. transplant are quite telling. The transplant for the new england pie was a smaller plant and produced only one pumpkin while the direct seeded plant was 3 times the size of the transplant and grew 4 pumpkins. So, next year I will be direct seeding most of my pumpkins and squash and I will start the loofah gourds and Mexican Sour Gherkins inside sooner than I did this year.
Here are my butternuts. There are 3-4 more on the vine still growing too. This is from one plant. Quite prolific. I can't wait to eat one. Will wait until the green goes away on them. They keep forever (atleast until about March), so we have some time before we dig in, well except for the one the stem broke off.

5 comments:

Stuart said...

Delicious pumpkins Cathy. You've inspired me to go and plant some in the veggie patch now. I love the Cinderella pumpkins - I'm guessing they're the incredibly orange ones?

Cathy said...

Yup, aren't they pretty.

Kristy in Carmichael said...

Gorgeous! What a great harvest! Hey, I think I saw you guys at Barnes and Noble on Saturday. Could it be? I was at the train table with two of my daughters. I couldn't figure out why the little boy named James looked familiar and now that I see this recent picture I think maybe I recognized him from your blog.

Cathy said...

Yep, that was us. That is so funny. What a coincidence.

notsocrafty.com said...

Wow, you have such a nice variety of pumpkins. The squash looks great too.