officially calling the pumpkins done for the year. I have been looking at my very sorry pie
pumpkin plant for about a week and a half, and seeing all the powdery mildew
made me realize that it was in a losing battle.
Fortunately, the pumpkins themselves seem to be ripe enough to
pick. So I am going to pick them and
then figure out how I am supposed to cure them out of the direct sunlight. We shall see how it goes!
In fact, I think that I am going to start pulling a lot of the plants now. The cucumbers are still producing a little,
but for the most part haven’t been doing that great. I am assuming that is because of the squash
bugs. I am also going to pull the green
beans, as they are just about finished producing for me as well.
hope that there will be no mishaps with the tomatoes at any point between now
and when they are nice and red and ready to pick.
hornworm on my cherry tomato plant, but for the life of me I could not find the
actual tomato hornworm. I’m not sure if
you have seen these suckers before, but they are disgusting, and big, and very
good at hiding. Often when I have found
them in the past, I have been looking and looking, getting closer and closer to
the plant, to finally see it right in front of my nose. Not a pleasant experience. However, this time, I think that a bird quite
possibly got the sucker, because I haven’t seen any actual damage to my tomato
plants. Of course, now that I just wrote
that, I fully expect to see some sort of damage when I go out this morning to
do my little walk around.
Every day I seem to pick a few more, and I am ecstatic about it. It makes a delicious meal for me, just sauté
up with some onion and pepper, garlic and red pepper flakes – delicious!
radishes around the base of the squash plants, I wasn’t sure how it would work,
but I was ready to try anything at this point.
It worked really well! I don’t
have the advantage of being able to use row covers with much success because my
garden is so small, meaning that when the pests overwinter (as squash bugs do),
I don’t have much chance of missing them when I replant and use a row cover,
they just come up from the ground. I’m
not entirely sure how it will go next year.
Probably the fact that I took last year off from planting squash helped
as well, but I am going to use the same radish trick next year and cross my
fingers it will work again!
heading well. I’m not sure the ones that
I left in the garden bed are going to get big enough for us to actually pick
and eat, but I am leaving them a bit longer to see if there is any change.
the winter. What a powerhouse of a plant
for me. I don’t really want to pull it
at all, since I have had such good luck with it re-seeding itself the past
couple of years. I think that I am going
to try and pick some to put in the freezer.
I thought that I would have to blanch it before I put it in the freezer,
but based on a recent e-course I took (Harvest) I realized I did not need
to blanch it first – that makes it a whole heck of a lot easier if all I need
to do is chop and put it in the freezer!
earlier than I expected. It has been a
very hot and dry summer, not the norm for my little garden, but I am still extremely
pleased with how well everything has done.
Now I need to start thinking about what I want to make with my first pie
and pumpkin flavored everything? What is
your favorite way to eat pumpkin?