Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What's Left of the Pumpkin Patch

Last year we lost all of our pumpkins to the sheep.  This year it was squash vine borers.  It was my own fault because I saw evidence of the borers last year and still chose to plant the pumpkins in the same place - I just love the way the vines look when they drape over the sides of the boulders and spread into the surrounding grass.  And we even moved the sheep fence further away from the pumpkins so the sheep wouldn't be tempted.
We're trying to save this last pumpkin, although it is looking pretty stressed right now.  The last borer in the vine was about a foot away from the pumpkin so we cut out all the damaged vines, and hopefully the roots along the remaining vine are enough to keep it going.  This was quite a loss for Anna, but we saved all the small, under-ripe pumpkins and at least the chickens will appreciate them in the coming weeks.  They went wild over the first pumpkin Anna gave them because it actually had some wiggling borers in it.  Yum, protein!

The banana peppers, on the other hand, are doing very well.

And this morning, we found some light blue flowers amongst the Grandpa Ott's morning glories.We save our Grandpa Ott's seeds from year to year since they are not hybrids, so these were quite a surprise.  Don't they look just like the Grandpa Ott's - same size, same markings?  We're going to tag the light blue flowers so we can collect their seeds separately from the other morning glories, and we'll see what we get next summer!
Mystery Morning Glory
Grandpa Ott's Morning Glory

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