Cinderella’s Carriage?

Way back in Spring many of my tender seeds did not germinate because, unbeknownst to me, my heated bench had stopped working and they were too cold. Several lovely people came to the rescue with spare seedlings including a friend of Laura’s who gave us 2 pumpkin plants. I had never grown pumpkins but knew they grew very big and liked lots of muck. There is one raised bed which is heavily infested with nettles and we had just put a thick layer of cardboard on it then a good layer of cow manure. I had intended to cover it with either more cardboard or weed suppressant fabric and leave it for a year. But needs must so in went the 2 baby plants. One died but the other thrived and not only filled the bed but migrated into the comfrey patch next to it! Eventually we spotted fruits forming but they all seemed to drop off. Then hidden under a layer of leaves on the path we saw a bigger one and then another at the end of another vine.

Last week we decided to harvest the earliest one as it was orange all over and I had visions of it being eaten by rodents if we left it any longer.

You can just see the second one at the back – orange on top but still green at the base.

We managed to get it into the barrow and brought it down to house level to weigh it. The only way to do that was for me to stand on the bathroom scales (Laura refused to do this because she didn’t want to know how much weight she has put on!) and then repeat with the pumpkin in my arms. I couldn’t hold it for long but as best we can tell it weighs in at 23 kilos. (52 lbs or 3 1/2 stone)

There are still a few nettles in the bed but for the most part the pumpkin has out-competed them. I wonder if it works on bind weed? We will save some of the seeds and experiment.

12 thoughts on “Cinderella’s Carriage?

  1. Luffy October 28, 2021 / 8:49 pm

    Thatโ€™s remarkable! What a whopper. Well done you. Just goes to show, even largely left to their own devices nature finds a way! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿฅ‚

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    • Going Batty in Wales October 30, 2021 / 9:37 am

      I was very surprised it grew so well but will definitely repeat next year!

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      • lisatheardentgardener October 30, 2021 / 8:34 pm

        That is such a charming photo with the pumpkin in the wheelbarrow and the doggie and trellis and (you?). Have a lovely weekend!

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      • Going Batty in Wales October 31, 2021 / 10:10 am

        Thank you Lisa. Yes that is me in the shed doorway. My tenant / helper Laura took the photo and I hadn’t realised that my old dog Orchid was in the picture until she sent it to me. It is usually my other dog Roo who gets in on the act!

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      • lisatheardentgardener October 31, 2021 / 9:18 pm

        Your place just looks so magical and wonderful. And what cute names you have for your doggie family: Roo and Orchid!

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      • Going Batty in Wales November 2, 2021 / 11:27 am

        Thank you.

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  2. Helen October 30, 2021 / 10:40 am

    I look forward to your experiment to see if pumpkin can outcompete comfrey/nettles.

    In the meantime, I am duly impressed by your specimen this year. It certainly appears to make up for the ones lost!

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