Pumpkin Harvest Day
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It’s autumn in New England. Days are cool, and nights are cooler – and that means time to get those tender vegetables indoors. Today was pumpkin harvest day. With pruners in gloved hands, I cleared the vines and discovered a wealth of pumpkins, squashes, gourds, and one cucumber! More on that later.
Three beds of these fruits have three distinct goals: squashes and pie pumpkins to eat, gourds to decorate the house, and, of course, jack-o-lantern pumpkins for carving at Halloween. My bounty this year includes four carving pumpkins and a handful of squashes, as well as a multitude of mini gourds. There were also some surprises: apparently some pumpkins and gourds cross-pollinated, because I have a number of very small green, warty pumpkins. I can’t wait to see what they look like when they ripen!
The other surprise was the cucumber. I planted cucumbers, but the seeds didn’t germinate, or so I thought. So later, I planted pumpkins in the same spot. That one hidden cucumber was enormous, but without a hint of bitterness and oh, so crisp!