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(still very green) Pumpkin.

(still very green) Pumpkin.

It’s October 9th and our pumpkins are green.  I think they are quite pretty, in their different shades of green.  But maybe I’m just trying to make the best of the situation; the situation being that pumpkins are supposed to be orange!  Starting to panic a bit, I checked on-line to see if I could help things along.  I’m glad I did!  Since their vines are fine, I’ve left them outside.  I could have cut them and brought them in, though.  What they really want now is sun.  Some of the leaves were in the process of dying back, letting in some sun,  but there were still too many for this late in the season. So I cut back all of their leaves. Perfect timing too, as it is a beautiful sunny morning.  I also have to keep in mind that they should be covered at night if there is frost.

So the race is on …  Will we have orange pumpkins for Halloween?  I’ll be sure to let you know!

Dana

Pumpkin Patch mid-season.

Pumpkin Patch mid-season.

Pumpkin patch October 9th.

Pumpkin patch October 9th.  We have just 12 pumpkins in all of those vines!

Speckled Pumpkin.

Speckled Pumpkin.

A lighter shade of green (and some orange?) Pumpkin.

A lighter shade of green (and some orange?) Pumpkin.

My upside down pumpkin.

My upside down pumpkin.

Butternut Squash.

Butternut Squash. This little guy, 4 inches long today, was a bit of a surprise!  We thought those seeds hadn’t taken.

A butternut squash & flower.

A butternut squash & flower.

Fall harvest time in Sheepwalk.

Fall harvest time in Sheepwalk.  Those are some very tall haystacks!

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