The pumpkin plants have gone crazy (as it warned me on the packet). There are four plants; one butternut squash, one little red pumpkin (Uchiki Kuri) and two Futsu pumpkins (more on that later).
The little red one has about 7 fruits on it in varying stages of development. I did what the books told me and ‘stopped’ the plants once they fill the space – by pinching out the growing tips (it’s difficult to find them all in the jungle of leaves though). I have been feeding them when I can (with seaweed extract). But we’ve been on holiday so in the dry spell that we had around two weeks ago I didn’t manage to water them at all! It didn’t seem to matter – they grew anyway and a few days ago I noticed that one of the bigger pumpkins had lost its shiny coat and had turned dull – so I picked it. Yum! we had pumpkin pasta and also baked the seeds with oil and salt as a snack. Well worth the wait!