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Red Kuri (Hokkaido Orange) or Potimarron Pumpkin

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Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Garden squash and pumpkins; photo copyright Stan Schaap

 

When picked this Hokkaido orange or Potimarron pumpkin was 18 inches (46cm) around
and weighed just under 1 kilo or about 2 pounds. It was 94 days to maturity. We live at the 52nd latitude and have a town size garden 20 feet wide by 60 feet deep.

Following is the pumpkin story by Susan Helene Kramer told in photos and description -


1.  The Hokkaido orange pumpkin seed was planted May 17 and the 1st one harvested August 12th - 94 days. The vine is at lower left in the photo below. I planted the seed in store-bought plant potting soil with a base of garden composted soil, at least 5 years old. I gave one feeding of MiracleGro after pumpkins started forming.

 
Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: pumpkin patch at lower left; photo credit Susan Kramer

 

2. The vine started climbing the palm tree and the fence so I built this trellis on the east facing fence out of bamboo canes, mostly, to support the vines. The trellis is slanted toward the fence. See our male resident blackbird atop the gate watching ...

 
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3. Here is the trellis all ready for the vines to be carefully woven upon it.

 
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 4. You can see some very beginning pumpkins in the photo below.

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 5. Just after placing the vines on the trellis. I used 2 inch wide strips of bubble wrap to secure the vines.

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6. Do you see the big white circle - it surrounds the 1st pumpkin harvested and in the photo at the top of the page.

 
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 7. Here is the 1st pumpkin harvested. I hung it in an empty onion sack and ran the wire through the top of the sack. It is drying out by hanging from a rafter in the garden shed where it does not freeze. It is sitting here only for the photo session. We're going to eat it on Thanksgiving Day.

 Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: full size after being picked
 

 8. Here I am, eyes almost closed as usual, displaying our 1st pumpkin.

 Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Susan and the first pumpkin -  squash
 

9. Our most prolific zucchini plant, growing on the other side of the pathway from the pumpkin - it produced 10 fruits a foot long each when I harvested them.

 Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: zucchini or courgettes growing next to pumpkin plant - plant has produced 7 courgettes.
 

 

Copyright 2001-2012 Susan Kramer
Santa Barbara, California USA
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Published by Creations in Consciousness
email  susan@susankramer.com
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