Sugar Pumpkins

August 17, 2009 at 2:22 pm (Vegetables)

DSC00099It’s been a while since my last post. There’s been a number of crops since my last entry. Amongst the variety are my pumpkins. Squash flowers generally look the same, blossom in the morning, and close up during the heat of the day. Each squash plant produced, on average one sugar pumpkin. This was also true of my green zuchinni. Anyway, sugar pumpkins are not large. They tend to be more sweet and can be anywhere from fist size to a large softball. I only got about a dozen.

pumpkinThough the pumpkins turn out to be a wonderful orange, once they ripen, the pumpkin plant dies. They are also not too heat resistant and need water. For all the water I gave to pumpkin plants, I got very little harvest. I would not plant pumpkins in the summer, and perhaps this is part of my problem. I had some real disappointing vegetables, and after planting a variety realize the most bountiful are the dark-green leaves which grow in winter as well as summer.

DSC00066I have also been adding lots of bunny compost, tilling the soil, and mixing it all in with table scraps and lawn clippings. My soil is getting richer and richer, and now I am installing drip irrigation. There are a few other vegetables I would say not to bother with and will write about these later. It boils down to time, water, and payback. BTW. My brown bunny girl is not pregnant but just super fat. 🙂

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