This was planted in one of our Children’s gardening beds this spring:
She’s a big max variety pumpkin plant. We named her Maxine. She grew and grew and grew. Nobody pampered her, especially, though I did take out the plant on the left at one p0int. The plant on the right produced a nice, “big max” gourd. She self-watered (for the most part), self-sunned and feasted all summer long on our healthy, Parkallen Community Garden organic soil and nothing else to make her thrive:
If you’ve been watching that big girl and wondering where she went… she came off the vine on her own (sort of) and we took her to the Parkallen School gym to become the biggest Halloween Jack-O-Lantern ever at their Halloween party. You can view her in the art room if you visit the school. She weighed in at 127 pounds.
She’s got a little sister still growing underneath the plum tree at the Parkallen Community Garden; connected to the same mother plant. How big will she get? Go visit her and the rest of the pumpkins in the pumpkin patch. And pick a pumpkin to take home with you when you are there.
There are “Rouge Vif D’Etamps” or “Cinderella’s Carraige” pumpkins, which are a French heirloom variety delicious for eating, heavily lobed and with a reddish-skin; a “sugar pie” variety, which are very small and very round and also very delicious; “spooky halloween” variety which are grown for carving, not for eating, and look just like the ones in the stores; and I think there’s one more “ghost pumpkin” left which has white skin and very rich golden flesh.
I’ll be preparing ghost pumpkin for our Fall Harvest Potluck at 6:00 p.m. on the 6th of October, and I hope to see you there! Have you guessed what my favourite vegetable is? PUMPKINS! What’s yours?
Inch by Inch,