You may have seen my previous post about trying to grow a number of different types of pumpkins. I wanted to find out which ones grow the best in my garden. Which are most suited to our hot and humid summers, and most important of all, which ones taste the best. I have tried to give them all the same growing conditions, the only problem with this is that they may cross pollinate. Certainly the bees have had a great time, but most seemed to flower at different time so this has (I hope ) limited the cross pollination. Some, though have just not grown at all, but Identifying which ones I have grown may need some clarifying. So if you have grown any of these types please feel free to illuminate me. The first one that I have harvested has been a Turks Turban. This is not hard to identify as it has something growing at its base that resembles a Turban? see the photo here. As you can probably see it has a very thick stalk join to the pumpkin, and this, the first one which formed, is quite large. It seems to set a lot of fruit. The leaves are very large and have a distinctive large "gap" at the top of the leaf. Unfortunately they seem to be moderately susceptible to mildew, but definitely one that I will grow again. I will bring along some of the seed to Sophie's garden visit this Sunday for anyone interested in trying these.
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