It has to be said… I have complete pumpkin and squash envy! We’ve tried for two years on our plot to grow delicious pumpkins and squashes, with no success…
We planted ‘Pumpkin Jack Be Little’ seeds in 2012. The thought behind that, was that they wouldn’t grow too enormous and take over the plot. That way we’d still get to make pumpkin soup. That was, until I stood on the only tiny one that grew and literally turned it into a ‘squash’! ooopppsss 🙂 (I’m very clumsy! hehe)
This year we grew some squashes. We both love squash soup and it would taste extra special if we’ve grown it by our own fair hand. There have been lots of flowers growing and I thought we were in luck… as you can see in the picture on the right, a little squash started to form. A week later it had fallen off, turned brown and looked dead 😦
They have grown so fast and wild taking over the plot. I got some advice of my friend Sue, to pinch off the tops of the runners to help the plant focus its energy back in to the flowers, to grow nice plump juicy squashes. Unfortunately after chopping back a lot of the runners, I discovered there are lots of brown mouldy leaves. I don’t think we’ll have any joy this year!
This weekend I went out for a little hunt on the allotment, to see how people’s pumpkins are doing… very well it seems 🙂 It leaves me thinking what we’re doing wrong? We’re determined to grow our own pumpkins and squashes. It would be great to make our own soup and to carve them for Halloween 🙂
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again… Don’t give up too easily; persistence pays off in the end.”
Do you have any tips for me and my pumpkins? I’m going to do a bit of research into how we can make them better for 2014 – could be our soil? or we need to feed them? Any tricks you have would be greatly appreciated 😀 I’ve been reading a lot of blogs recently with super pumpkins 🙂
Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx