The alley crops of Styrian pumpkins are bustling with growth and responding well to conditions in the hugelkulture mounds. The small bowling ball sized pumpkins are actually adorable, as far as immature vegetables go...!
The preparations for the test hugelkultur rows for the Styrian pumpkins are coming along, slowly. We thought we'd be completed by the end of January but we're just now making the time to top them with manure and screened compost. Our feathered friends are working alongside us as stealth controllers of wireworms in the overturned sod clods. Last year… Continue reading Heaping Hugelkultur
The start to the new year typically involves long evenings reading at the Weed Patch. The young Jedi is absorbed in a book about a time travelling 12 year old who is smack in the middle of World War One. My partner in crime is unravelling the mystery of a lost nuclear bomb in BC during… Continue reading In the Trenches
It took three and a half people about 8 and a half hours to manually machete, scoop, clean and roast 4.5 kgs of Styrian pumpkin seeds! We were all seeing shades of green and orange by the end of the day. The weather could not have been more miserable (wet snow?!) so we moved the operations inside as… Continue reading Harvesting the Green Gold
Our Styrian pumpkin test patch is presently a massive tangle of vines, leaves and immature pumpkins. The skins are just starting to develop pale yellow stripes, which will turn to a lovely deep orange hue over the next month. Despite the recent heat wave we've only had to irrigate the patch twice this season. The alpaca fibre… Continue reading Pumpkin Progress
Fifty-three of our Styrian pumpkin plants have been destroyed by the tiniest of garden pests – the common slug. The loss is profound – just under half of the entire test plot for 2012. The sudden and dramatic decline in the plants’ health was a clear indicator that there is an imbalance. The plants that got mulched well… Continue reading Sluggish Start
The Styrian pumpkin (Curcubita pepo var. styriaca) is not your run of the mill jack-o-lantern garden product. For those of you familiar with my rant - you can stop here. For everyone else, please read on. The sight of hundreds of green gourds splashed with orange stripes in a late summer field is pure farm art. The bees adore the rich… Continue reading A Growing Affair