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, August 22, 2011

first pumpkin

fresh picked pumpkin

Is there a good way to know when pumpkins are ready to pick? I usually pick when they are deep orange or the stem is hardened.



Blogger Humble wife said...



August 22, 2011 10:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I think this pretty much confirms I don't have a prayer for this years pumpkins! LOL MIne are still 3" high seedlings. Oh no!

August 22, 2011 11:25 PM

Blogger kathy said...

3 inch seedlings is kind of small for late Aug.... BUT - there is always next year!!

August 22, 2011 11:28 PM

Blogger ~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

It looks good.
I had to abandon my pumpkin. It couldn't make it in the heat.

August 23, 2011 8:27 AM

Blogger Karina said...

My father nor I have grown pumpkins yet. May I ask how long it takes for one to grow such as the one in the picture? Thanks for the tip on picking pumpkins.

August 23, 2011 6:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The critters ate all of ours before they could ripen, so I'm a bit jealous. It's the first year they went after our pumpkins, but then again, they ate just about the entire garden this year.

August 23, 2011 8:46 PM

Blogger vegvin said...


August 24, 2011 4:33 AM

Anonymous mediaOrganic said...

It probably would have been better to make sacks out of light row cover and tied them loosely around the apples. If you use plastic bags again use a pin to punch a series of small holes to allow for some air circulation.

August 25, 2011 8:33 AM

Anonymous mediaOrganic said...

Sorry, thought I was looking at the next post about the apples, doh!

August 25, 2011 8:34 AM

Blogger biobabbler said...

Yes, if the stem is all dried out, it's ready. The plant knows it's ready and stops investing (probably means seeds are fully developed).

Charming pumpkin! Didn't plant them this year, but next year will remedy that. They are so cheery. =)

August 26, 2011 8:47 PM

Anonymous Vege Gardener said...

What a lovely pumpkin you have there. Unfortunately I did not plant any this last season due to poor results last year.

August 27, 2011 12:06 PM

Blogger Thagirion said...

Yep, you picked it well. Very nice first pumpkin. My pumpkin patch just started.

September 01, 2011 5:36 PM


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