Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Will Pumpkins Ripen Off the Vine?
This is an excellent reminder that gardening is meant to be a gentle activity ... something to be approached with calmness and often more than a little delicacy (like when weeding around onions!).
I came home from work tonight to find, yet again, one of my rain gutters destroyed and in the middle of my yard. My neighbour's dog likes to chase chipmunks up them and chomps the gutters every inch it can then rips it off. It's happened many times ... they give me money now and then to replace them. But the bigger problem are the holes.
The dog digs and digs and digs, presumably to get the chipmunks. I refilled one hole several times last year and finally placed a huge pallet over the area. That stopped the dog for a while. Now it digs around the pallet. Clearly that is where the chipmunk(s) live. So I found one hole by the pallet and this hole was a few feet away so not sure what was going on here.
I had some work to do and proceeded into the greenhouse for a little harvesting work. The result wasn't too bad there ... I managed to pull off more than a few leaves and a couple of entire limbs while removing peppers. But then I decided to check out my one remaining pumpkin plant.
Some of you may remember that I lost many plants to frost and then more to cucumber beetle damage. This Dickinson pumpkin plant was the only surviving pumpkin plant so I've been babying it a lot until the two fruit started to ripen. Until this evening. Arrggh! I was just trying to lift and turn the pumpkins a teeny, teeny bit so that the same part wasn't always touching the ground to avoid rot. Well ... one came right off.
So, what I'd like to know is ... will it continue to ripen off the vine? If not, I assume there is something that can be done with a green pumpkin (and I mean cooking with it, not just carving it up for Halloween).
I'll watch it over the coming weeks and will keep it outside for a while to hopefully ripen in the sun (is that the right thing to do?!). And if you have the same questions as me then stay tuned!! I'll let you know what happens.
In the meantime, I'll listen to some mellow jazz or something ...