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!

Happy autumn!


    1. Thanks, Alison! We also had an odd cross pollination of some pumpkins and gourds, and we’ve decided to paint those for Halloween! Thanks for reading.

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