Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Turban Gourds and Miniature Pumpkins

The turban gourds and mini pumpkins in the pea planter are doing well.  I hope there is enough time for them to mature before the first frost. It seems odd to be thinking of the first frost when a few days ago it was over 100 degrees, but in our area the first frost date is only Oct. 15, 7 weeks away.

I thought this was turban gourd some sort of deformed pumpkin at first!  The vine is so long it grew into the pumpkin area, and climbed up a sunflower.  The turban gourds are my first attempt at drying seeds myself, so I am thrilled to see I did it correctly!

Turban Gourd

Some of the mini pumpkins are producing.   Yet again, I failed to make note of which area were planted with which variety, but I am fairly certain that these are Baby Boo, a white variety.   So far there have been few female blossoms.  They are climbing the sunflowers and are winding their way up into the lemon cucumbers. 

Baby Boo Pumpkin
While all this wonderful growth is happening, I am supposed to be planning, and even sowing, a winter garden!  I don't know where I will put it; everything is so healthy and just starting to produce, so I can't rip it out to start over! 


  1. Hei,
    it is so interesting to browse your beautiful and informative blog! I am a German living in Finland and my vegetable-raised-beds-patch is way to small and I dream of a big kitchen garden to live almost self-sufficiently...
    I have a question: my baby boo pumpkins are just becoming bigger but still have a strange shape, more pear-like. Do you think, that´s normal? I would so much appreciate your opinion! My blog is in German, so hard to understand ;-)
    Greetings from Finland, Annegret alias Appelgretchen

  2. Thanks for your comments! I looked at the wonderful photos on your blog, because, as they say, "A picture is worth a thousand words!" I see your Baby Boos. They are shaped a bit differently than mine were, aren't they? Maybe they will fill out round. Mine were round and squat from the start.
    I am impressed they are so big already. You must have a very short growing season.

  3. Thank you for the quick answer! I´ll wait and see - I so hope, they will fill out round!