This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, May 24, 2010

tiny pumpkin plants

pumpkin plants

Tiny for now. But something tells me not for long. I tried to leave lots of space for these guys. I have a fun mix of pumpkins and winter squash this year: Jarrahdale, Long Island Cheese, Galeux D Eysines, Baby Pam, and Waltham Buttternut. (My traditional Big Rock pumpkin seeds didn't spout.)


Blogger Zazu Ta said...

Not so much a comment as a question. I noticed you mounded up the soil around the plants. Was there any particular reason? I'm growing squashes and pumpkins for the first time so I thought I'd ask. :)

May 24, 2010 11:26 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Like a raised bed, a mound of dirt gives more surface for the sun to shine on it and warm the soil. Squashes and pumpkins like the soil as warm as it can get.

The hills also help with drainage and lets you see where the little plants are so you don't step on them.

May 24, 2010 11:37 AM

Blogger icebear said...


i'm trying Long Island Cheese myself this year. They are a good looking variety.

May 24, 2010 3:00 PM

Blogger dreamer said...

Very cool! To me, pumpkins and melons are the ultimate triumph in the garden. I havent gotten one far apart are these spaced in your photo?

May 24, 2010 7:52 PM

Blogger Zazu Ta said...

okay. that makes sense. Here Maybe I shouldn't do that. It's 44 Deg C here in the day and about 35 at night. We're really reeling under this weather and all the tomato plants have died.
Global warming... is scary. a couple of weeks ago the papers reported the paints on the roads melting. :o

Thanks again for the bit of information!

May 25, 2010 2:18 AM


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