I’ll admit now that we’re not huge Halloween party people, I absolutely hate horror films and anything gruesome so the day for me simply revolves around one thing in particular… Pumpkins. For me it’s what Autumn is all about and I just love all the different shapes, sizes and colours on offer. Plus they taste mighty delicious too!
This year my only attempt at growing pumpkins was on the ‘archway’ and out of the 4 plants I only harvested 2 munchkin pumpkins (3 if you include titch!) I say only but inside my heart is bursting, I was so happy with my two munchkins which are currently sitting on the welsh dresser looking pretty. I was in fact so happy to get anything at all because that that my entire pumpkin harvest from plot 15C.
I did however, harvest the mother load of butternut squashes from the trough, my proudest moment of the year. And because squashes and pumpkins are family we can’t leave them out on a day like this can we?
Talking of squashes I had a surprise waiting for me when I arrived back from Wales last week. My poor Crown Prince squashes amounted to nothing this Summer, putting on a growth spurt later in the season when it was too late. I had spied this little squash growing but simply let it be thinking nothing will come of it. However, it grew into a perfectly formed miniature squash with a glorious blue/green skin which for now is going to sit alongside the Munchkins until I’m ready to roast it.
I am so pleased with how my squash and pumpkin harvest turned out, to think I’ve been neglecting it this year and yet it still rewarded me with these beauties. Isn’t mother nature just amazing?
Next year I’m going to try and grow a slightly bigger variety of pumpkin and of course, try and continue to grow more Munchkins. Back in 2014 I had a huge harvest of them as well as a variety called ‘Mars’ which grew really well on the plot. I’ll have to get planning and see what I can squeeze into my tiny space…
But for now, Happy Halloween everyone!
P.S If you’re wondering what you can do with any left over carved pumpkins then there’s a delicious recipe for Pumpkin cake over on the recipe page!