With the nights drawing in and the chances of frost increasing, I decided to harvest the few pumpkins that grew this year.
Given a lackluster summer, I actually feel I’ve done pretty well. In particular, the Sibley Squash, below, from Real Seeds did best.
The largest came in at 2.84kg, then the two smaller at 1.29kg and 1.18kg respectively. I cut up the smallest one when we had a bunch of roast veggies from the garden the other day. This cultivar has a yellow rather than orange, flesh, but tasted just as good. The fact that it grew well in a dull year means I’m definitely going to try it again next year.
I also tried a couple of cultivars (below) that I got from the Heritage Seed Library, Chicago Warted Hubbard and Blue Kuri Kabocha. Some time ago, someone on Twitter mentioned growing the smaller Kabocha type squashes in Sweden and finding they did well. I thought, if it does well in Sweden, why not Sheffield? I was hoping for more than one, I confess! Maybe better luck next year.
The pumpkins are now residing in our lounge room, where they’ll be safe from frost. I’ll make sure I’ll check them weekly, so that if I notice they are getting softer, I can then plan to use them sooner. I think they make a nice display, in the meantime.
Maybe I don’t have any giant pumpkins, but I have pumpkins, with very little effort (just watering) on my behalf, and this pleases me. I know it’s spooky season, but to me, pumpkins are all about the eating.