Pumpkin solution


I was hoping to have a break from the gardening this weekend, but alas once I started I kept finding things that needed attention. The seedlings that I grew from seed in peat pots desperately needed to be planted out into soil. I love peat pots so much that I ordered some more. Actually they are called jiffy coco pellets and are made from renewable coconut husk. The only down side is that the pots can dry out easily and need watering every second day. I planted a number of tomato seedlings in empty spaces throughout the four vegetable beds. We have a feral tomato growing from compost up through the passion fruit vine, but the red cherry drops are flavourless.

I planted a red kuri pumpkin in a green square pot. I hope it will grow in a container, but I’m yet to work out a good position for it, because I know it will sprawl outward. I’m tempted to put it over the grape and choko vines, but Matt thought it would prefer the ground. While browsing through a The Diggers Club catalogue later, I pointed out the World’s largest pumpkin which can grow fruit to 227 kilograms. It’s a shame Matt doesn’t like pumpkin that much, because we would only need to grow one pumpkin and we would meet our goal weight for this year!

Matt thinks we have black aphids on our garlic and shallots. He also concluded that they are harmless because he can’t see any damage. I looked them up, and it’s best to let nature take their course as they’ll eventually be eaten by predators.

I pulled up a couple of potato plants left from our first attempts at growing them from the beginning of the year. I was surprised to collect three baby spuds, which Matt later roasted up. He ate them and said they were nothing exciting. I’m not sure whether he was just saying to make me feel better because there wasn’t enough for both of us. Our newer potato plants are starting to die back, but they haven’t flowered yet. We’re not sure if this is ok? We used sugar cane mulch to pile around the stems and encourage more growth but perhaps we should have used compost to provide more nutrients.

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  1. I had to smile at your 3 spud harvest. We too have had simlar difficulties. In our climate seeds sown in late summer (to be harvested after the first frost) performed better than the ones I nursed through a hot dry summer.
    The first hilling of my last spuds I used soil and then later in the season I used mulch. It appears my spuds do not understand about growing in the mulch and only grew in the soil.
    I harvested enough for several meals, but certainly not enough to get through a long winter.
    I hope your next harvest will be bountiful!

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