Before I moved down to SC, I did a few years of vegetable gardening. Beans, tomatoes, that kind of thing. I also did pumpkins, and every year, there was more space devoted to pumpkins than anything else, until that was pretty much it. I really got into it, hand pollinating some of them to collect the seeds and get a pumpkin better suited for the microclimate. It was fun, and I learned to recognize which flower was going to open, put it in a paper bag, and then come out the next day and pollinate. (You had to buzz like a bee while doing it, or the plant knew and wouldn’t set fruit. laugh) It was a lot of fun, and we had tons of pumpkins for Halloween.
South Carolina is too hot to reliably get pumpkins to set fruit, so this year, now that I’m back in Michigan, I couldn’t help myself, and though they got into the ground a little late and they aren’t in the sun that they deserve, I have a little pumpkin patch. As you can see it needs a bit more weeding out. I won’t be hand pollinating them . . . Maybe. We’ll see. But in any case, they are growing pretty well. I’m guessing another week before the immature flowers are ready to open. More to come . . .