Big day in the pumpkin patch! It was time to clear out the veggie patch in the front yard, which included searching for all the pumpkins hidden throughout the garden.
This is what the front garden beds looked like before I started work this morning.
This is the front of the front yard towards north.
And this is the towards the back. That is a heck of a lot of cleaning up to do! I was hoping that there was some pumpkins in there, somewhere.
So with lots of help from my Mother-in-law, Pam, we cleared the blooming lot. So much vine from only four seedlings way back in September 2013!
So many loads of pumpkin vines had to carted to the area near the compost bins at the back of the block that Ben had to pitch in as well.
I bet you are wondering how many we found? Well, I found 17 pumpkins hiding in the patch. That 5 more than I had expected when I did a head count a week ago. They were all over the place. A couple of them got sunburnt during the hot, angry summer that we experienced this year, so we will eat those first.
Anyway, I placed them all on a long bench, and there they will stay until we eat them all over the course of the year. Notice that I left a fair bit of stem and the runner attached to each pumpkin. This is so the pumpkin don’t rot from the where the stem connects to the top. Trust me, it works.
A couple of final tips to ensure a long storage time.
- Never carry the pumpkin by the stem. Once it breaks, the pumpkin’s insides get exposed, and it starts to rot.
- Make sure that there is plenty of air flow under the base of the pumpkin. This also helps extend the storage time.
Well there you have it. That is my pumpkin crop for 2014. I only planted one variety this year so that I could save seeds that would be true to type. Next year I will use these collected seeds to grow the next patch of yummy pumpkins.
How did you go with your crop of pumpkins this year?