My plots are looking a little rough around the edges with the grass having grown a little longer than I would normally have it, and the weeds thinking that they’re having free range of the soil. When the kids are on summer holidays I tend to go down a little less than I usually do, and when I am on my plots, I tend to be harvesting rather than anything else. Still, it’s only a couple of weeks until they go back to school (I’m sure they don’t want to know that) and then I’ll quickly whip my plots back into shape and get the beds ready for the winter. It’ll take a little while and I won’t be able to do it systematically because each vegetable will be finished at a different time. But it’ll all get done eventually. This afternoon I harvest Potatoes, French Beans, Tomatoes, Beetroot, Radish, Cabbage, Kale, Squash and Carrots. My Pumpkins are coming on a treat, with the largest one bigger than a football at the moment. So I won’t be growing any world record sized ones this year, but some very decent sized ones if they keep going the way they are. I’ve got quite a few growing. Not as many as last year, but then I didn’t plant as many seeds.
The Butternut Squash are doing amazingly well also, and I’ve got loads of those growing, and mostly all decent sizes. When I harvest them I’ll let you see. All the other Squashes are growing well, and I harvested some little round green ones today. The “Swan Neck Squash” are growing well and I’ve got loads more, of varying sizes growing.
The Sunflowers that I planted in each bed are all doing well. I plant them firstly to attract the bees, and secondly just because they look pretty. They’re all sorts of different sizes and colours, but all totally beautiful and gorgeous. I’m sure Lottie and Dottie would be very proud.
Do you put anything under your pumpkins to keep them off the wet ground? I’m trying out balancing them on plastic bottles this year and it seems to be working well so far.
If the ground is really soggy then I would suggest either resting them on cardboard or carpet. My soil is very free draining so it’s never been a problem, but there’s always a first time. Plastic bottles sounds interesting. Let me know how big your ones get.
Love the sunflower…. And so envious of your pumpkin. If I had any, I would put straw under them.
If the soil gets very boggy then putting something under them is a good idea. I’m very lucky as my soil is very free draining (even on a day like today). So they should be ok. I’ll blog about my heaviest one when I harvest them. I’m not expecting anything huge, but hopefully a decent sized one.