Tuesday, September 19, 2006

No frost on my pumpkins

Know why?

They all rotted or were eaten while we were away. Tons of rain coupled with an army of squash beetles served to destroy all of my pumpkins, gourds, and squash. ONE sweet dumpling that I had picked earlier and put in the garage survived.

This was last year:
Plus, I had a ton to give away to friends. Now I have none. Stupid bugs. No Cinderellas, no Marina de Chioggia, no Musquee de Provence, no sweet dumplings, no acorn, no Jack be Little, no funky mixed gourds....not even a suprise gourd (from seeds that came up by themselves)! Nothing. I am pumpkin poor.

These are pretty though:


Blogger wurwolf said...

Oh, what a shame. Homegrown pumpkins and gourds are one of the joys of fall, especially when you have plenty to share. It has been a rainy few weeks... more rain today. Your hydrangea and morning glory were beautiful, though.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

How tragic!
At least you can comfort yourself (sort of) with morning glories... can you believe ours have barely bloomed? Must be bum seed.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

Sorry about your pumkins and squash. The last time I raised them, the woodchuck chewed a small hole in each one, and then left them.
You are right, the flowers are pretty!

9:25 AM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

I always have trouble with morning glory seed. I soak them and nick them with a file etc. These were planted with nasturtium seeds in MAY and I didn't get blooms until almost the end of August.

I'm gonna have to get some kind of organic pest killer next year. I have way too many cucumber beetles and squash bugs every darn year.

9:50 AM  
Blogger wurwolf said...

I have that trouble with moonflowers. I think they're beautiful and they smell great, but I cannot get the damn things to sprout. Did you plant your morning glory seeds new this year? Because the first year I planted mine I had a hard time getting them to sprout but once they established themselves and reseeded I couldn't get rid of them. They came up early every year after that first one.

Knicking seeds with a knife reminds me of something funny I did when I was new to gardening. I read that you needed to knick the seeds with a knife before planting and I thought, How the hell am I going to do that? I'm just going to hurt myself doing it. I came upon the brilliant idea of cracking the seeds with a hammer. So dumb. No matter how gently I tried to hit, I wound up doing so much damage to the seedlings inside that they were too upset to come out. Honestly, I'll grow moonflowers one of these days.

2:32 PM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

I grew moonflowers successfully once at a house in Marietta. Never again. I plant them every year and they never come up. Dunno. I hope these morning glories reseed. They were new this year.

2:55 PM  
Blogger EFB said...

how sad about your pumpkins

4:57 PM  
Blogger wurwolf said...

Isn't that strange, it's not like Marietta is in a different growing zone. Hell, it's not even in a different county. I guess the conditions must have been perfect there for moonflowers.

A neighbor around back grew moonflowers last summer and I was able to enjoy the ones that peeked through the fence. I should ask her what she did to get them to grow.

5:47 PM  

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