Sarah the Gardener is one of our celebrity growers for 2017, she’s sent through an update of how her pumpkin growing experience has been going so far:
All is not well in the pumpkin patch. I look at it longingly – willing a giant pumpkin to emerge so I don’t suffer from shame come April.
However, it isn’t looking promising. In the main pumpkin patch the plants got off to a great start, but the corn part of the the three sisters system I was trying with only two sisters, got pillaged early on by what I believe to be rats or pukekos. In their rush to get to the corn they stomped all over the pumpkins and they have never really recovered.
I had a separate patch where the chicken coop once was in the hopes that the nutrients found there would result in a giant Giant Pumpkin, but even this is problematic. There have been loads of flowers for months – but alas only boys. I blame it on the gloomy weather. There are certainly enough bees feasting on the goodness in the flowers so when a girl flower does show up she will be well pollinated. There is always hope and April is still far enough away that I could still end up with a pumpkin, but I’m not sure it will be a giant. And there is always next year.