August 10th, 2012
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!
1 Oh my, Francesca! Look how well the new pumpkin and squash patch is growing!
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!
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.
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.
5 Sharkey! There are so many bees pollinating these bright yellow flowers! Look, there's one of our honeybee friends!
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!
7 Hey look, Sharkey! I found a flat pumpkin growing! It may be a Cinderella pumpkin, which is a French heirloom variety.
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!
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.
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!
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