I threw some Digger's Heirloom pumpkin seeds in a patch of spare soil I had late last year. Or maybe it was in January, I really can't remember when. The corn seeds before them had failed to germinate - or maybe they did poke a head through but were quickly munched. Anyway, I thought I'd try my hand at growing pumpkin.
I'd been getting a few lovely flowers and I noticed some bees buzzing about.
And the vine is of course quite massive and hides the view from the lounge window of our tatty undies hanging on the clothes line which is a good thing. It's also been crawling its tendrils onto my clothes line and has had to be ripped back a bit. But nevertheless I was expecting great things from this vine. A few months ago I bought a ravioli mould and I've been dreaming of feeding the monkeys pumpkin ravioli and pumpkin soup and pumpkin chips in tempura batter.
But look what's been happening to the fruit.
Is it because I put the seeds in too late?
I know pumpkins like a lot of compost and they certainly haven't been mollycoddled by me - a bit of a seaweed feed and that's been it. Should I have treated them a bit better?
And lastly, all you experts out there in blogworld, should I give up now, rip this vine out and prepare the soil for something new? Or should I wait a few more weeks in the hope that one of these pumpkins will turn into a pumpkin?