Pumpkin paddocks - summer 2020
On our riverside flats we grow pumpkins – pumpkins of all shapes and colours.
Two of our favorites are baby sugar – a bright orange story-book looking pumpkin and long island cheese – named as it resembles a wheel of cheese!
Jeanie the farm dog does a good job of chasing any wild ducks away. The ducks will eat and destroy baby pumpkin plants.
We plant the pumpkin plants in spring, and by the time it’s summer they have sent down a long tap root to access water. We harvest late summer and ‘cure’ for a few weeks – this means storing the pumpkins to allow the flavour to develop.
Pumpkins are then ready for sale – good timing to make your mum a pumpkin pie for mother’s day!