As I mentioned yesterday, I can't quite believe that it's October. It's been so warm and dry all through September, although I have to say after writing that we had had no rain for ages, guess what? Yes, it's raining as I type! The gardener side of me is actually a bit pleased with this because any weeding I have tried to do recently has been difficult with the ground so hard.
Instead of trying to weed today I decided that as it was October it was time to harvest the pumpkins. This is always an exciting time, wondering how many I will find hidden beneath the giant leaves. I struggled to get the seeds to germinate in the spring so had fewer plants than last year but despite that I am quietly pleased with the crop:
|Pumpkin harvest 2014 at Eco-Gites of Lenault|
The small green pumpkins are called
*Update - the large pale ones are Jaune de Paris and the smaller pale ones in the barrow are Autumn Crown.
Last year I lost a lot of the pumpkins through the winter with the wet and mild weather leading them to rot. In previous years the cold has got them so this year I have a new plan. I saw the picture below on Pinterest and so this year I shall be storing the pumpkin crop up in our attic room! Tom is currently sleeping up there whilst we sort out a wasp's nest above his bedroom ceiling ... I hope he won't mind keeping company with a room full of curcabits. Curcabit is the family name given to plants that includes courgettes, marrows, melons, pumpkins and cucumbers.
|Attic pumpkin store from Whole Systems Design, LLC|
I also harvested the last of the larger tomatoes, just leaving the cherry ones which tend to go on a bit longer. With the hot weather we have been having they have ripened well meaning I do not have many green ones. Hopefully there are just enough at the bottom of this basketful to make a batch of green tomato chutney!
|The last of the 2014 tomatoes at Eco-Gites of Lenault|
And in case I was under any illusion that we are still in summer one of the blueberry bushes is showing off some gorgeous autumn colour:
|Autumn colour from a blueberry bush|
So that's a quick view of the veg garden as we move into October. How is your garden looking? For more gardening blogs pop on over to the linky at Annie's Manneskjur: