Ripening: Two Sisters Update

The pumpkins have begun to change colour, taking on a beautiful orange hue.

The neighbouring Crown Prince squashes are assuming their distinctive grey-blue skin.

Above them, the tassels on the cobs of corn are starting to turn brown, a sure sign that they are almost ripe.

The toffee-coloured strands remind me of spun sugar. In a few days, when the tassels are a more uniform brown, we shall peel back the case a little to reveal the kernels, and test them for ripeness by pushing a fingernail into one kernel. If the liquid which comes out is milky, then they are ready to pick, and it’ll be time to get a pan of water boiling on the hob…

Incidentally, the leaves on one of our pumpkin plants are now showing similar discolouration between the veins to that seen on some of our greenhouse tomatoes. This reinforces our theory of magnesium deficiency – we replaced the greenhouse soil in the spring, and mixed in some topsoil taken from this part of the vegetable plot, so the soil for both locations share the same nutrients.

I still have some Epsom salt solution remaining from my foliar spray of the tomato plants, so I shall apply this to the pumpkin leaves too for a swift remedy. Early signs in the greenhouse are promising so far since I applied the magnesium solution.

Sweetcorn – Swift F1; Pumpkin – Giant Pam; Squash – Crown Prince

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3 thoughts on “Ripening: Two Sisters Update

  1. Love the mosaic on your pumpkins. You’ve obviously learnt a lot about nutrient deficiencies and will soon have a harvest fit for a festival.

    Laura

    p.s. glad the kitchin is coming along so you can cook, bottle and store all your fabulous produce

  2. Hi Laura,
    Thanks for the encouragement! The patterning on the pumpkins is rather pretty. Fingers crossed nothing stops us harvesting our bounty!
    I can’t wait to be cooking on something besides a camping gas stove or barbecue! It’s been a long year!
    x

  3. The pumpkins look great, I’m looking forward to mine this year and thanks for the reminder I must check the sweetcorn.

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