Despite a slow start to their growth, which made me despair whether we would be harvesting any winter squash this year, there seems to be a range of fruits ripening in the garden at the minute.
The single Cornell’s Bush Delicata plant, which has a compact habit as its name suggests, has some beautiful creamy/yellow fruits smartly striped in green. This is the first time we’ve grown this variety, but it is reputed to have good flavour.
Two Turk’s Turban plants, another new variety for us, sprawl rather more characteristically across the plot, with several deep golden fruit displaying the wonderful ‘nobbled’ bottom that they are renowned for. I must confess that it is as much for their beauty as their reputed taste that I am growing these this year!
The Marina di Chioggia plants, an heirloom variety, have beautiful marbled green-skinned fruits, which should darken and become more textured as they age. Another new variety for us this year, which I am looking forward to.
While I am just this month preparing the final fruit from last autumn’s Crown Prince harvest, which stored remarkably well in a cool room (with just one or two rather messy ‘explosions’ in late summer), this year’s plants sadly never settled in. Similarly the lone pumpkin plant never found its feet, so this autumn will see a very different harvest for us, but hopefully just as pleasurable.
And you would never know that the sprawling pumpkin patch was underpopulated this year, as its long arms grapple across in every direction.