Autumn has really set in now, the days are getting colder, the leaves are changing colour and everyone is busy harvesting pumpkins and squashes… everyone except me that is! This is the first year since owning Plot 15c that I haven’t harvested any pumpkins or squashes and it’s a little upsetting. Not that it’s the end of the world or anything, instead of harvesting lots of homegrown pumpkins I can look back at photographs of previous years and plan ahead for next year!
My most successful year at pumpkin growing was my first year on plot 15c back in 2014, I had munchkin pumpkins coming out my ears! Overall I harvested around 34 of the tiny climbing pumpkins from 5 plants which happily climbed my hazel archway. That very same year I harvested 5 ‘Mars’ pumpkins from 2 plants and carved a couple for Halloween. In 2015 I harvested my one and only squash, a beautiful (but small!) blue variety called ‘crown prince’ after failing terribly at the pumpkin competition between me and my Dad… One that I’ll never live down!
Now we’re onto 2016 and even though I tried I failed miserably. I put it down to late sowings and lack of time on the plot which I don’t regret at all, I’m loving my time in Wales and wouldn’t change it for the world. My attempt to grow a squash in the trough was a disaster, the soil dried up too quickly yet again! As for the crown prince growing amongst the sweetcorn I sowed it a little late and was even later at planting it out too… So instead I’m planning a trip to a pumpkin farm either here or in Wales where you can pick your own, you can’t have Halloween without a carved pumpkin! Photographs and blog post to follow soon!