Guess what I saw?
Some of the pumpkins are starting to vine! See the little "Curly Q"....
We are still battling bugs... daily. We go out and squash them, trap them, spray them, hypnotize them... well, we don't really hypnotize them, but we would if we could! We have tried to do some repair work around each hill... as the squash bugs have tried their best to destroy the root system. They destroy the roots and somehow keep the pumpkins from thriving, and often even killing them.
Like this... We have some poor plants that still look like this one. No hope.
But we have several that are trying their best to come out of it. Like this one. Notice the smaller curled leaves on the left? That is evidence of damage. But you can definitely see evidence of growth. This one maybe has a chance at bearing pumpkins for us.
And we have some that really do look healthy.
These plants with the speckled leaves are supposed to bear mammoth pumpkins. We only planted a few of these, but they are doing quite well.
Here is a shot of a portion of our pumpkin patch.
Compare it to last year....
June 20, 2010
They were even blooming last year at this time.
We've planted nearly TWICE the pumpkin seeds as last year, but at this point we would be happy with HALF the yield. But hopefully all is not lost.