Sugar pumpkin vines are growing all over the cattle panel fencing. Still getting very few pumpkins take but happy to have three so far. That is three that I don't need to buy, and with canned pumpkin containing PBAs now fresh is best.
And I want those pepitas!
Did find a section of powdery mildew on my vines, though. I just took a mixture of baking soda in water and wiped the affected leaves. I have used baking soda on old furniture that had white mildew on it with great results. Fingers crossed.
Closer shot of one of the pumpkin vines reaching for the sun, tendrils seeking the next handhold. I am in love with my pumpkin vines. I think growing plants that give me and my family food is such a beautiful thing. Spiritual, really.
All I know is that I want to grow a lot of plum tomatoes next time. I need more garden space. I need more sun in my yard!
Sadly, I had to pull up and throw away the two freebie tomato plants I got from the nursery. They both showed signs of what I think might be Late Blight. So out they went. I am not terribly sad. I just made room to plant some of my fall planting seeds I received from Annie's Heirloom Seeds.
I pinched the central stalk when I planted it. So happy to get four producing stalks. Did I mention that I can't wait to eat one of these?
I can't quite describe the flavor. They do not taste like typical grocery store cucumbers, as would be expected. They don't taste like hothouse cucumbers (which I love). They have slightly different flavor but the boys all agree that it is pleasant and delicious.
Here is a shot of my tomato bed mess. Yes, I should have staked them. The varieties I planted are still going strong out in the yard. They have left the bed and are growing about 5-6 feet on either side.
Now that I know I can get 6 ft wooden stakes for $1.29 each I will be staking and trellising these guys in the future.
I think I shall dub myself the accidental gardener!