I was really shocked this morning when I stepped outside to see how the garden had been doing overnight: my one and only decent pumpkin was splitting:
We shouldn’t get frost for another couple of months, so that can’t be the cause. I am therefore wondering if the outer skin was too tight for the insides of the pumpkin, so when it grew it put too much pressure on the outside.
Anyway, the next question was to decide whether to leave it on the plant and see what happens or to remove it and eat the little bit of flesh there is. In the end, I decided on the former course of action, as I doubt that disease is the root of the problem, so I don’t think this pumpkin will do the plant any harm. (I hasten to add that I wouldn’t have eaten the pumpkin if I thought it was diseased either!)
Another pumpkin has started to grow on the other of my two pumpkin plants, so I hope that this one will grow properly. Last year, I got two pumpkins altogether from one plant and it took quite a while for this to happen. I didn’t have the problem shown above; the pumpkins simply started to rot on the plant, as another this year has done.
Whilst searching through the channels on the radio the other day, I came across a gardening show which was discussing cucumbers. In a nutshell, the problem the gardener was having was that their cucumbers kept dying on the plant and the probable cause was that the plant was not yet established enough to produce adequate fruit. So perhaps there is time yet for my plants to gain sufficient strength to provide us with something for Halloween.
If not, we will have to visit one of our favourite farms for a lantern this year. That will be a disappointment but at least we will have a trip out