2012年10月25日木曜日

the pumpkin patch

This year I brought some seeds home from Australia and was a bit worried that they wouldn't grow in such a wildly different climate so I planted them all.  Even after giving some away to the neigbours we ended up with this:


Whoa......

The biggest ones are called Queensland Blue and are from the tropics so I was most worried about them.  I guess in Summer even Nagano is tropical enough!  The small orange ones are really cool as they grow more like zucchini as the plant is very compact and doesn't really send out tendrils.  It's called a Gold Nugget.  Incredibly tough skin but yummy pumpkin!  The bullet shaped green one on the right is a monkey-proof variety.  I'm not sure if it is supposed to work by not looking like a pumpkin and confusing the monkeys that way or whether they just all don't like the flavour...

And continuing the tradition of a chook shade/ self-sewn pumpkin we have:


A Japanese Botchan pumpkin that grew all over one side and the top of the chook cage.

So I think we have enough pumpkins for this time!

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