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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.

Other Pumpkins that have formed fruit are Jap - the ones I always grow here, these have a smaller leaf and also set a lot of fruit. They don't seem to have a big problem with mildew. 

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Comment by Dianne Caswell on June 11, 2017 at 6:55

Oh, what a fabulous lot of Pumpkins, Roger, Darren and Mary-Ann, I am so envious, we just don't have the room to grow them or Melons.. Keep up the great gardening guys, whilst I will still have to get ours from the Fruit Shop.

Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on June 10, 2017 at 19:00

that looks like a jicama or ground apple Roger and we eat them raw - grated like green pawpaw salad but would need to see the leaves 

Comment by Sophie on June 10, 2017 at 11:18
Pretty pumpkins! I've had fewer fruit this year but a lot more vine!!
Comment by Roger Clark on June 9, 2017 at 17:10

Sorry, this is the bean.

Comment by Roger Clark on June 9, 2017 at 17:05

Elaine the Styrian Hulless seeds are sold by Green Harvest, Mary-Anne, the yellow pumpkins shown look like Australian Butter - also in Green Harvest's book. Darren I make that 49 pumpkins, you really are prolific!!! My "Jarrah" pumpkins look very like the photo of the Qld Blues in the GH book as well.

Elaine are you still chasing Turmeric? I have just harvested some more, about 750 grams of fresh and another load of tubers that I obviously didn't get around to digging up last year. They are a little more brown than the orange fresh ones, but I will bring these along to the garden visit to Sophies as they have many growing points on them so they will make good planting material for next seasons crop.

Elaine I don't want any money for the Turmeric but you help me out with maybe how I will cook the following large vegetable. Harvested from a laundry tub and huge.  Is this an aerial potato? Or a climbing yam bean?

Comment by DARREN JAMES on June 9, 2017 at 15:38

These are my results Roger,the leaves had all gone and  the little curly tendril died and went brown before I picked them.They look a bit green I know but they are a jap cross so Im hoping they are ok.I will definitely plant some more different types next year as its been a good learnig curve and Ill give some of yhose heirloom winter squash a go as well.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 9, 2017 at 8:23

Just read a recipe for Pumpkin and Orange soup. Sounds divine; after we've tried it, I'll post the recipe if it's as good as it sounds.

Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on June 9, 2017 at 7:31

we have found the japs the most successful for us - many smaller fruit last the longest , the skin is not too hard and the fruit small enough to use before it all goes off - made spiced pumpkin and lentil soup last night for the sub tropical fruit club meeting and the whole 10 litres went so think people liked it ! The little brown ones in the photo we dont know the type of so if anyone does please feel free to illuminate us ! sorry its last years photo my camera died and havent had time to trek out and buy a new one ! 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 8, 2017 at 20:49

From where did you get the seeds of the Styrian Hulless? I tried this years ago but before the wicking beds and didn't get any fruit. I love Pumpkin seeds but not those Chinese ones on sale locally.

Comment by Roger Clark on June 8, 2017 at 20:36

To add to the above - I thought I had lost it all when my computer seemed to freeze, must be the cold weather, anyway - Another pumpkin which has grown well but I am not sure of it's identity is this one This I believe is a Jarrah, although I also planted Qld Blue. Most of my French types - Galeux D'eysines, Musquee de Provence, have not come to fruition and have appeared to be very weak vines. I will try again in the summer, as well as growing the Styrian Hulless, which are grown for their seeds. I will update this again when I have tried (eaten) more of them.

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