- May 21, 2020
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My pumpkin plant is thriving, I hope I can actually get a pumpkin out of this little plant
The best thing to do with the seeds is to place them on a hard surface to dry (they will stick to porous surfaces). Other than just eating them, I use the dried seeds in any recipe calling for nuts. Our favorite bread is a bread machine banana bread, with pumpkin seeds & chopped dried mango. Pumpkin seeds are especially healthful for men, I often eat a small hand full with breakfast.
Mine are all beginning to turn color as well. The good news: in spite of all the SVB's that were hovering over the plants, they don't seem to be infected. The bad news: they are heavily infested with squash bug nymphs! Squash bugs are really bad this year, too much for my spot spraying efforts. It looks like it will be a race, to see if the pumpkins can ripen before the bugs kill the plants. I forgot to bring my spray bottle to the garden today, tomorrow I'll try to reduce the squash bug population to increase the pumpkins' survival chances. I have one pumpkin that is baseball sized, one just under basketball size, and the rest average around volleyball size.
The squash bugs have already killed my kabocha (second straight year of failure). My Tromboncino was recovering from the flooding, but the squash bugs are so bad there & the foliage so thick, I may be forced to mow & kill the patch before the bugs can reach adulthood. Never seen them this bad.
You did everything correctly; too bad the ravagers are destroying the fruits of your labors. Time will tell, but the oblong shape is most likely an off-type.
Mine appear promising, but are heavily infested with squash bugs... I'll leave them on the vines as long as I can before mowing the patch & turning it under. I've already harvested one, and it has the target traits of small size & solid orange when ripe. It feels very dense too, which is a good sign... I'll be opening it in a few days.