2014-04-27

The countdown begins...



It is an unusually warm and sunny April weekend
and I have been spending it out on the patio, planting seeds.
Summer flowers, lettuce, spinach and radishes - and pumpkins!

Originally I didn't plan on growing anything this year, since I didn't know if
Cinnamon man would be here. Now there won't be any tomatoes or bell peppers
this year, since they all need to be planted in February in Sweden. But my man
loves Halloween as much as I do and I know that he will be happy seeing
the pumpkin plants grow, and he will nurture and love them while I'm at work :)


 My little box of seeds and some giant sugar pea seeds that don't fit in there.


It is almost exactly 6 months to Halloween, and to get our pumpkins
big and hardened 'til then we have to start early here in Sweden.
And if you, like me, want to make pumpkin soup, pumpkin mac-and-cheese,
pumpkin shortbread and pumpkin cupcakes, you have to start even earlier!




Sweet Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist was so kind as to send me
some seeds from her coveted (by me) Fairytale pumpkins,
as well as some other gourd and pumpkin seeds. I also planted
some of the seeds I have harvested over the last two years,
though they are cross-pollinated and can turn out any size or color really.




I have a couple of smaller ornamental pumpkins left from last autumn,
the ones that were the first to ripen and harden on the vine.
They are still beautiful but neither flesh nor seeds are viable anymore.

Are you growing pumpkins this year?





 




27 kommentarer:

  1. Sadly, we won't plant anything this year. We live in an apartment and our patio in on the shady side of the house. Everything we tried to grow before just didn't turn out. I would try to grow things inside but I have three curious kitties who like to eat things they aren't supposed to. So, I will wait until I move before planting anything again.
    Good luck with your garden, I am sure things will turn out wonderfully!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you! I had a friend who also lived in an apartment with curious cats. She grew things inside tiny window green houses and in birdcages :)

      Radera
  2. I don't have enough space to grow pumpkins, so I will only lust after yours...

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Oh Magaly, I know what else you would lust after:
      I just had a walk in the green house and my Belladonna has spread all over the place. I have tons of pretty plants that I need to kill if I can't find new owners for them - and it is unlikely that I will :( If there was only a way to send live plants across the Atlantic!

      Radera
  3. Ooooh... I've had pumpkin scones but I've never had pumpkin shortbread or pumpkin cupcakes! They sound delicious! Like Magaly, we don't have room to grow pumpkins, but it's getting chilly and autumn-y here now, so I'll be making a pot of pumpkin soup soon. I'll have to make do with store-bought pumpkins though. :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I've been craving pumpkin goods for a while so I've asked Cinnamon man to bring some canned pumpkin too. I don't only want to eat it for Halloween :)

      I've got the best pumpkin shortbread/cupcake recipe if you want it.

      Radera
  4. I liek to know when people make their gardens :) I stopped for a while with gradening, frist because it is getting more difficult fo rme to take care of it, and secondly, right now we are greeted with hot summer already (plus 40C) that keeping plants alive is rather a task. I would love to have pumpkins in my garden...but I believe here I need to sow them later in summer... Happy gardening!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I understand that you are busy with other things right now (like a pregnancy :)) and 40 degrees is definitely too hot for most little plants. Pumpkins only grow well in temperate climates, since they need a very long time to mature - between 4-6 months with 30 degrees at the most.

      Radera
    2. Then I definitely shall wait until it cools down...:) Thanks for a gardening piece of advice!

      Radera
    3. I would love to see what your spring pumpkins would look like :)

      Radera
  5. I'm not growing anything this year. The only edibles in my garden will be the apples, pears and blackberries. I'm really looking forward to seeing your plants grow though.

    Do you ever eat the pumpkin flowers? My grandmother used to batter and deep fry them...pumpkin flower fritters are quite delicious.

    Have a lovely day :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Oh I would love blackberries in my garden - blackberries are my favorite berry :) They grow like horrible weeds over here and are usually eradicated, but we have a big garden so there's room for plants that like to "take over". Now that I think about it, I don't know why I haven't gotten some bushes yet!

      Every year I think about trying the pumpkin flowers but then I just don't. I think I'm mostly afraid of picking the girls and thereby killing a baby pumpkin.

      Radera
  6. Jag har ju köpt frön, jag vet det, men jag kan inte hitta dem någonstans och igår kom mamma hem och pluttade ner potatisar där jag hade tänkt odla pumpa. Men nån gång så. Åh jag brukar gå in på Vanessas blogg och beundra hennes vackra trädgård, vad snällt av henne och skicka lite frön :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Jag har massor med olika pumpafrön från mina från förra året, om du vill att jag ska skicka några till dig?

      Radera
    2. Men åh, vad snällt. gärna :) Jag har mycket av palsternacka, gråärt och blåärt om du vill ha?

      Radera
    3. Jag tar gärna blåärt :) Mailar dig imorgon!

      Radera
  7. I don't like any dishes made of pumpkin, but I always plant a few seeds just have some pumpkins to carve. :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I was served pumpkin pie once when I was 19 and was put off pumpkin for 10 years... But I like it in all other things!

      Radera
  8. Oh lovely pumpkins! I just love decorating with them all year, they are so beautifully fairy-tale like indeed! And to have some of the seeds from Vanessa's, I'd definitely say you have some of the best seeds you could get. I tried to grow pumpkins only once, and I realized that I have a black thumb! The vines got infested with little bugs, it was awful!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. i'm sorry about your earlier misadventures with pumpkins but if you love pumpkins like I do - don't give up because of one bad experience! Next time you try you know what to keep an eye out for :)

      Radera
  9. That was so sweet of her!

    I want to grow some too, but I have not figured out when I need to put them in. Where I am, it's hotter.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I think you can plant seeds as late as June and still have pumpkins for Halloween. They grow so much faster in a warm climate. If you do it please take pictures!

      Radera
  10. No pumpkins for us again this year, but I'll be looking forward to seeing your fairytale pumpkins! I can't remember what they look like though ... are those the gray ones?

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Vanessa's Fairytale pumpkins look like the Cinderella carriage - they are big and kind of flat, in a matte beige-brown-orange color. I have never grown them before so I'm very excited!

      Radera
  11. I have no space to plant pumpkins or anything else :( Hoping yours bear fruit...esp. the cross-pollinated surprise seeds.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I miss you, Peto - are you done with blogging?

      Radera
    2. No..i'm just having trouble with re-entry! Hopefully this Sunday.

      Radera

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