Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Harvesting Squashes and Pumpkins 2

In spite of a very hot summer and lack of rain
I have a pretty good crop of squashes and pumpkins this year.

Here, there is a choice of them: the white patty-pan squash  'Scallop' ( a bit difficult to figure out how to peel and slice them), the butternut squashes 'Waltham' and ''Harrier', the pear-like, orange 'Hokkaido', and the Turk's caps, which I mostly keep as a decoration in my kitchen. The big one in the back is supposed to be the one with the orange 'meat' and good to bake it in the oven.

This is one odd Turk's cap without the cap! 

This miniature pure yellow-orange pumpkin is 'Jack Be Little' and the other one is 'Hooligan'. In fact, they are gourds, but only the botanist call them so.

They are not only a pure decoration. They can be roasted in the oven, plane or stuffed, equally good as a sweet or savoury meal.

Monday, 18 September 2017


My kumquat flowered abundantly this year, and all the flowers produced a fruit.

It looks promising, and I hope the fruits won't fall off like they did the last year.

I still keep it on my terrace. The night temperature goes down to 12°C, but the days are still pretty warm. I only hope it won't do it any harm.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Cherry Tomatoes

Yesterday afternoon I was checking up my pumpkins and was really surprised to realize how much cherry tomatoes are still there on the crawling branches. These are self-seeded tomatoes and I never gave them any support because there is plenty of lands for them to spread. They grow between pumpkin and squash vines and seem to tolerate each other well. If the weather would be favorable, I would soon have another good harvest of tomatoes.

I also harvested another kind of tomato and kohlrabi. I pick up the carrots and parsley, runner beans and swiss chard. The summer was pretty hot and many vegetables, like runner beans, for example, were in some state of dormancy, if I may say so. Now, with lower temperatures and proper rain, they came alive.

I certainly have prepared the soil well for the root vegetable. The carrots and parsley are pretty long, but this one on the photo broke the record with 47 cm! 

It is time to collect and sort out the seed. I have already collected the seed of many flowers. Now I am drying the seeds of butternut squash and cucumbers. I found one big yellow cucumber that I missed by picking. I'll see if it is going to germinate the next year.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Harvesting Pumpkins

Today is a day for harvesting pumpkins, gourds, squashes, and co.

Butternut 'Harrier'. Delicious.

Squash 'Hooligan'. Can be filled up and baked in the oven.

Pattypan 'Scallop'. 

These are simply for autumn decoration.