Exploring Where the Pumpkins Grow

Posted by F&S

It was a bit cooler the other day, so we Frenchies, went for a stroll around the farm.  We had heard that there was a new pumpkin patch growing, but we didn’t quite know where.  We finally stumbled upon it behind the greenhouse.  It’s amazing!

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Oh my, Francesca!  Look how well the new pumpkin and squash patch is growing!

1 Oh my, Francesca! Look how well the new pumpkin and squash patch is growing!

Only a few months ago, this was a grassy area and now look at it!  Ornamental pumpkins are growing on the right side and the left side has all a variety of winter squash, like Acorn, Hubbard, Spaghetti, and Kobacha!

2 Only a few months ago, this was a grassy area and now look at it! Ornamental pumpkins are growing on the right side and the left side has all a variety of winter squash, like Acorn, Hubbard, Spaghetti, and Kobacha!

There are already so many blossoms!  These flowers will eventually turn into vegetables, but many people love eating the blossoms.  I hear they're quite tasty stuffed with goat cheese and sauteed until crispy.

3 There are already so many blossoms! These flowers will eventually turn into vegetables, but many people love eating the blossoms. I hear they're quite tasty stuffed with goat cheese and sauteed until crispy.

You can also eat the tendrils!  The purpose of these spiraled stems is to support climbing plants, like these, by wrapping around objects such as fences, trees, and stakes.

4 You can also eat the tendrils! The purpose of these spiraled stems is to support climbing plants, like these, by wrapping around objects such as fences, trees, and stakes.

Sharkey!  There are so many bees pollinating these bright yellow flowers!  Look, there's one of our honeybee friends!

5 Sharkey! There are so many bees pollinating these bright yellow flowers! Look, there's one of our honeybee friends!

Francesca, did you know there is a type of ground-dwelling bee nicknamed the Squash Bee?  The hair on its legs is sparser than other bees, making it ideal for collecting the large grains of pollen of squash blossoms.  But honeybees and bumble bees also help out nicely!

6 Francesca, did you know there is a type of ground-dwelling bee nicknamed the Squash Bee? The hair on its legs is sparser than other bees, making it ideal for collecting the large grains of pollen of squash blossoms. But honeybees and bumble bees also help out nicely!

Hey look, Sharkey!  I found a flat pumpkin growing!  It may be a Cinderella pumpkin, which is a French heirloom variety.

7 Hey look, Sharkey! I found a flat pumpkin growing! It may be a Cinderella pumpkin, which is a French heirloom variety.

Sharkey, did you know there really is no botanical difference between pumpkins and squash?  We tend to refer to the larger, rounder squash as pumpkins, but they're all technically, squash!

8 Sharkey, did you know there really is no botanical difference between pumpkins and squash? We tend to refer to the larger, rounder squash as pumpkins, but they're all technically, squash!

Another fine specimen!  All these varieties of winter squash have thicker skin than summer squash, like zucchini.  This makes them hardy to grow well into the cooler temperatures.

9 Another fine specimen! All these varieties of winter squash have thicker skin than summer squash, like zucchini. This makes them hardy to grow well into the cooler temperatures.

Sharkey, with this new squash patch, we're certainly going to have an amazing harvest this fall!  And just think of the scarey jack-o-lanterns we can carve come Halloween!

10 Sharkey, with this new squash patch, we're certainly going to have an amazing harvest this fall! And just think of the scarey jack-o-lanterns we can carve come Halloween!

Comments (11)

  • Fall is in the air! :)

    Well, not quite yet, but soon.

    I can't wait to watch the pumpkin patch flourish. Make sure to keep us updated with pictures.

    Have a wonderful weekend..

    gail

  • Good morning ladies,
    Boy, am I glad to see you. I checked in early yesterday and the Daily Wag was not to be found. Checked in later in the afternoon and saw Dr. Pia's post as well as all the Glue Squad. Whew.
    Great to see your pumpkins are doing well. I think it would be a great place to play hide n seek. Although Maddox, Missy Chow & Cora Belle would have to lay real low. Kitty would be the best player. We smaller Squaders would be able to hide under the big leaves, but I bet laying still could be a challenge.
    It's cooler here today. Nice...
    Have a great day everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Good morning everyone,
    I am amazed at all the things Martha grows on the farm. Between the plants, trees and veggies, that is a lot of growing going on there.
    Cora-belle, that would be an awesome party at your place. I would get to taste one of those maple bars you are always talking about. They sound delicious. Rebel, your mom and dad are very good at being careful in hot weather. Kudos to them.
    Rebel, what are you in charge of now, rabbits, ducks, squirrels or maybe chipmunks? Don't ever be in charge of skunks. Hehehehehehe
    Zoe, are you practicing your nursing skills? Abby, Missy Chow, Dudley, Lynn, Gail, Delia and all the rest of you Glue Squad maniacs, have a great weekend. It is supposed to rain here most of the weekend so I will be watching the Olympics.
    It is thundering already and I didn't get my deck time in. This is just not right. I am sending an email to Mother Nature. Does anyone know her email addy?
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • How interesting, Squash Bees...You can also eat the tendrils?!? Thanks for the educational information F&S ;-)
    Well the weather sure is changing, it was in the 50's last night and cooler today...had a good T/L storm come through with lots of rain...happy farmers! :-)

    Wish I had a Pumpkin patch to run through and catch some mice...oh, yes I brought home another mouse for mommie delia, she was not happy, she slammed the door in my face and wouldn't let me share! =^.!.^=

    All our Glue Squad friends, have a wonderful safe weekend...

    delia & Kitty >^. .^<

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    What a good garden you have with all those pumpkins growing in it. I’ll bet that they are for eating and not for winning a prize for being the biggest pumpkin. Just think of all the carvings we could make when they turn orange. I guess it will rain again today. It’s been raining every day here this week. We had five and a half inches on Tuesday; only rained for over an hour. Boy did it come down. Another two inches on Wednesday and then another inch and a half last night. All of this and no big storms in the Atlantic causing it; go figure. Have a good, and safe, weekend all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Wow what a refreshing pumpkin patch! Francesca and Sharkey look very happy and relaxed watching those pretty squash bees. Mom takes me away from sniffing my bee friends by the flowers. I just love the buzzing sound....not ready for fall yet.
    Zoe I hope your dad is doing o.k. since Maddox mentioned honing your nursing skills. Rebel, it sounds fun to hide in the pumpkin patch. A nice place to keep cool with Kitty and to take a nap. Cora belle- that party by the river would be wonderful so I will daydream today about seeing you and the chiweenies and eating lots of maple bars.
    Lynn, hugs to you and hope you are enjoying aa sunshiney day. Missy Chow hope you have a chnace to show off your spa treatment this weekend. Kirby Bear hope your tail feels much better. Dudley we think you could play hide and seek in the pumpkin patch too. SO MANY BOARDERS.. I am going to want to hide in the pumpkin patch at work later. It was too hot yesterday for the park but Mom ran at the track.
    Have a great weekend olympic glue squad buddies- Abby

  • Hello Ladies,
    Pumpkin, pumpkin, who's got the pumpkin? I wish I did, and I wish it was fall and these horrible hot days were over. The goat cheese in the blossom sounds really good ladies. You are soooo smart. We are lucky to have this squash education today. Thank you. I am preparing for my friends' arrival for my Christmas in July Luncheon (it is Aug. since the boys are in Alaska). I am polishing my jingle bells and better get to cooking some more. Hugs to all and I will give a report on Monday. Have a great weekend and pray for the cool breezes in Colorado.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Thank you girl friends for sharing these tremendous photos and information about these great pumpkins and squash growing behind the greenhouse there at your Bedford farm! Sure wish we had some space to grow some of those beautiful items! I love seeing the bees, too, especially the Squash bees-interesting names! Hope you girls, GK, and Martha have a great weekend and stay safe! Love hearing from the first 6 of you buddies this morning and will check back later to read the rest of your comments! Gail, you always sound so happy! Rebel, I think it would be fun to play hide and seek under the pumpkin leaves! Maddox and Kirby, hope the thunder and rainstorms go away so you can have a better weekend! Maybe some prayers from all of us will get rid of those storms! Delia, glad it's a bit wet and cooler there and Kitty, I remember good old Bogie always bringing us rats that he found- you are very clever just like him! Abby, I have to be careful about sniffing bees because I once bit one and got stung! Thank God no problem! Cora-Belle, sure would love to visit you some day! Best wishes to the rest of you, also! Hope you all gave a great weekend and stay safe! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Good Afternoon F & S

    A little late posting today but like I say better late than never :)

    Oh boy are you going to have lots of pumpkins. Did I ever tell you that one of my favorite shows is Charlie Browns Great Pumpkin? Well it is and mom and I watch it every year together. Maybe the two of you can sit out in your pumpkin patch and wait for the Great Pumpkin :)

    Last night we had the grandchild over for a swim and dinner. I got caught taking her bottle and chewing on the nipple in fact mom took a picture - boy that juice is good. I also got lots of those baby snacks that dropped on the floor - good stuff :)

    We have 3 weeks till dad's surgery but in the meantime lots of visitors are scheduled to come. We have family from the west coast coming to visit and then some from Washington, DC - lots of babies which means lots of snacks for me. I just sit and wait for the snacks to fall from the sky - it's wonderful.

    Storms are coming our way today so I'm staying in the house. That thunder scares the gas out of me and it sneaks up on you!!

    Lynn mom can't wait to hear if you made some of the recipes she sent you for your Christmas in July lunch.

    Have a great weekend everyone!!

    Love Zoe

  • ..I like pumpkin, we don't grow any..maybe next year ..James is making me a new ramp for the porch..says I need one bigger for winter..feels like fall here today, perfect day for me to walk to the river and maybe the end of the drive-way when nobody is watching (though, I know Lucinda and James just let me think I'm off on a secret adventure..they watch me like hawks)..guess what? the chiweenies mom (Jan) showed up with a giant batch of Warrior Prince cookies for me..a thank you for watching those goofy little guys and letting them ride with me to the vets office...I told her anytime..should not have done that..they are coming for a couple days tomarrow, while Jan has company who don't like dogs..I would not let them in the house if they didn't like me..good thing we like chiweenies!..I must get outside and see if the ramp is coming along okay...later, love, Cora-Belle p.s. everyone have a great week-end..will check back later

  • Hi Raven Baby, Sharkey, and all the Glue Squad. I think your pumpkin and squash patch are going to turn out WAYY better than my mom's!! She planted some different things in some pots on the upstairs porch. She has been very good about watering them and everything, but I don't think we've seen any squashes or cucumbers yet. There is one wee little watermelon and two nice looking eggplants, but I think we'll be going to a farmer's market when she gets in the mood for squash!

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