Thursday, 23 July 2009
My Pumpkin & Winter Squash Patch.
Just thought I would share the progress of my pumpkin and winter squash site with you all. In this area measuring approx twelve feet by fourteen feet I have fitted in four pumpkin plants of two varieties and ten winter squash plants each a different variety (can you tell I found it hard to choose which not to grow and there are still some in my seed box I haven‘t tried, maybe next year).
So this is what the patch looked like when I planted them out back in May (young pumkin/ squash patch) they were pot bound and looked rather sorry for themselves. I was worried that they would have not amount to anything as they took a while to really get going, so for the more sorry specimens approx twelve of the plants I resowed a seed next to the original plants this was during the first week of June. There was some germination and one of the plants that was totally removed by slugs has been replaced by a healthy looking youngster. But since the end of June I have noticed that the original plants have suddenly started to look relatively healthy and are now growing great guns, producing lots of flowers and a lot more fruit than I would have expected.
A lot of the early fruit where attacked by slugs and so the later part of June month found me applying slug pellets at least twice a week. This certainly culled the blighters numbers and today is the first I have seen signs of them again (a couple chomped fruit and one culprit sitting brass face underneath the evidence), so I’ve applied some more around the areas they are coming out to feed.
With the recent wet weather mainly at night, I have also noticed as of this morning a couple signs of powdery mildew, so I have also applied a solution of diluted milk to all the foliage, hopefully that will help to keep the fungi at bay.
Any hoo! here are some photos of the different fruits growing in the sea of curcubit leaves. I’ll try to identify them for you.
Pumpkin: Hooligan an F1 hybrid
Shark Fin Squash aka 'the squash with plans to take over the world!!!!'
Squash: Cornell's Delicata
Squash: Thelma Sanders Sweet Potato
Butternut Squash just starting.
Winter squash: Blue Banana.
Bar the butternut squash (only an immature fruit not yet flowered/ pollinated) there are definately fruits setting and forming on all the plants (I've only photographed the larger specimans), so even if I only get one fruit per plant I'm sure to get at least 11 to 12 winter storing fruits but I won't celebrate yet as its not wise to count your eggs before they hatch.