Monday, October 13, 2014

Heirloom and Hybrid Pumpkins

As many of you know I love pumpkins. Pumpkins, Gourds and Squashes hold such personality as far as fruit goes. And they are the quintessential symbol of fall, my favorite time of year.

Every year we grow a wide variety of heirloom and hybrid pumpkins here at Iron Oak Farm. This year, our pumpkin patch sadly took the back seat to our hay equipment restoration, and we simply ran out of time. We had a few vines with Sugar Pies and some Winged Gourds that did well, but other than that the field was rather pumpkinless. Next year will be different. I'm already compiling a list of seed varieties that I'd like to order to add to my own collection of saved seeds over past years. To name a few, I'd like to grow:

Biggie Howden: An X-Large traditional Jack-O-Lantern with deep orange flesh and nice deep ridges.
Wolf: A traditional Jack-O-Lantern type with large woody stems.
Triamble: A medium-small blueish gray pumpkin with three lobes that curl toward the stem
Polar bear: A large true-white pumpkin

I'm sure the list will get longer by next spring but pumpkins are definitely our focus for next year.

One of my favorite places to visit to view a wide selection of heirloom and hybrid pumpkins is a local Farm called Three Cedars Farm. Here is a collection of pumpkin photos I took on a recent trip.

Green and white Cushaw Squash on top of a Big Max pumpkin

Musquee de Provence Green

Red Warty Thing

Three beautiful Big Max

This is a Full Moon

The French Cindarella, Rouge Vif D-etempe

Wee Be Littles

Pumpkin tower of Jarradale Australian Gray, on top of Musquee de Provence, on top of One Too Many hybrid.

For more information about interesting Pumpkin varieties visit the Iron Oak Farm Pumpkin Page.

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