Here at Eco-Gites of Lenault we like Pumpkins and Squashes. We like them a lot! Every year I like to try at least one new variety but I find it hard not to grow the ones I also like from previous years .... which is why every year I grow far too many of them! No matter - the fact is they store well, can be made into sweet and savoury dishes, can be frozen for later use and if they start to go a bit manky they get fed to the pigs who love them!!
This week I have been sowing them as well as cucumbers and courgettes. Lots of them! No need to sow marrows though as you can guarantee I will miss a courgette somewhere along the way and within a day or so it will have grown to the size of a marrow!
|Squash and Pumpkin Seeds 2014|
Pumpkins, squashes, cucumbers, melons, marrows and courgettes all belong to the same family called the curcabits. They are all very tender plants and will shrivel at the slightest whiff of frost so I am taking a bit of a risk sowing them this early. I have however retained half the seeds in case I need to sow more later on. A word of caution though. If you have tried to save seeds from a favourite pumpkin etc - the curcubit family are a rather promiscuous lot and will cross pollinate with anyone else in the same family. Like as not you could end up with a cucuquash or pumpgette and it probably won't taste that good!
As for where I will plant them all that is something I will have to work out later - this was my pumpkin patch and harvest from 2 years ago! It's always a bit of a squash but I will get them in somewhere and have even been known to plant them in an empty pig pen!
|Pumpkin Patch 2012|
|Pumpkin Harvest 2012|
One thing though does puzzle me - what exactly is a Squash and what is a Pumpkin? Is anyone able to enlighten me?
Finally remember those little lettuce seedling I planted in the polytunnel back in mid February? They are doing well and we ate the first one yesterday together with some other cut and come again salad leaves and a couple of edible but peppery nasturtium flowers. The freshest salad anywhere I reckon!
|First Garden Salad of 2014|
Are you growing any Pumpkins or Squashes this year and if so do you have a favourite variety? After all I am always willing to try another new variety next year!