Yesterday I was clearing the pumpkin patch as it was dying off. A simple and rewarding task that kept me busy for 20 minutes. However it took me more like 40 minutes due to this head cold I now have. All this vine is heading for the compost bin when it shrinks a bit over the next few days.
I had some helpers. The two bantams were free ranging, so I had a constant companion the whole time I was working.
Jane, the cheeky chicken thought that there might be an opportunity to find some grubs or worms, so she stuck to me like glue the whole time.
She is so cute, and very very cheeky. If I don't let her and her friend Poppy out at about noon, then she creates such a fuss that it is louder than a dog barking. She usually gets her way.
I took a moment to step back and see what what she was doing. She was doing my weeding for me, so I took the time to take this little video to show her mannerisms. She cracks me up.
Now as for Poppy, she has decided to be clucky, and is sitting on a couple of golf balls to keep her happy. I have had chooks long enough now to not fuss over the ways of nature. Just let it be and make sure she still eats and drinks each day. She will snap out if it in a week or two.
So what was the harvest like? If you compare it to last years harvest it was a lot smaller, but at least 7 pumpkins is better than none. They are all Australian Butter pumpkins except for one which decided to be a cross between and Aussie Butter and a Turks Turban! Got to love nature for all her wonderful weirdness. I suppose that is what you get when you save your own seed.
They are all probably two meal pumpkins, which works out just fine as far as I am concerned. I did plant them very late this year, in mid December. At least there will be no forgotten pumpkins left in the crisper growing fungus this year. Not that there is usually any waste around here, it is just a little bit easier to uses them within a week if they are smaller.
How are your cheeky chickens, and did you get a pumpkin crop this year?