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Today is a great day in the Kitchen Garden.'Tis also the first day of the rest of its life.It being at peace with the world.

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Comment by Dianne Caswell on September 12, 2020 at 9:15

Your Garden is a Paradise, I just love how you plant and so productive and healthy. We are all so envious of the way you have transformed a sandy back garden and turned it into the Garden of Eden. Take a Bow you deserve it!!!

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on September 7, 2020 at 18:30
Looking very productive mate.
Comment by Barbara Tealby on September 7, 2020 at 8:01

Thanks, Dave. Three metres is reasonably manageable. However, I had a bit of a look on the internet, and quickly found that both Eden Seeds and Green Harvest sell 'Golden Nugget' seeds, so I guess it's not a hybrid, and I may continue with them. The storage capabilities of the Hokkaido are most impressive though, so it may be worth a try.

Comment by Dave Riley on September 7, 2020 at 7:36

Last time I grew the Hokkaido the vines stretched in one gaggle line of separate stems for 3 metres. I grew them up and over a small pond.

Comment by Barbara Tealby on September 7, 2020 at 6:51

How big are the Hokkaido pumpkin vines, Dave? I have put in 'Golden Nugget' pumpkins this year. I don't know, but I suspect, that these are hybrids. I generally prefer to grow open pollinated varieties and save the seed, but need to have small-growing vines. If the Hokkaidos are not too big, they might be a good choice.

Comment by Dave Riley on September 7, 2020 at 1:06

Any pumpkin seeds are best got from Pumpkin Paradise in Bundaberg. Here is info on Hokkaido Ps,

Also called kuri I think here. Its small size and sweet taste makes it so very versatile in the kitchen.

I just got some Seminole Pumpkin (great info video) seeds from Pumpkin Paradise. They can be small too.

Large pumpkins are hard to keep and finish eating once they are cut.

Comment by Christa on September 6, 2020 at 17:50

Great display Dave and they appear to be your photos as well.  The milk crate gardens are looking quite filled.  The tomatoes growing over the vetiver is a good thing. 

That little Hokkaido pumpkin looks strange. Is it a rockmelon size or smaller.  Do you use flesh or seeds?  Where did you buy the seeds.  Well done with the silverbeet, I love that green leaf.  

You can be very happy with you lot.

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Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

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