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Pumpkin season closes with golden shower

By Ari 4 May 2009 25

[First filed: May 03, 2009 @ 17:27]

For the past five or so years I have been growing various types of pumpkins in the vegie patch, but have been underwhelmed with some of the varieties in Canberra’s climate.

Both the Queensland blue and Jap varieties produced well, but were a bit tardy on the ripening stage at the end of the season. They were certainly edible, but didn’t quite develop the full range of flavour. I’d say the first cold snaps snuck up on them earlier than they expected.

Butternuts were a little better, but still not perfect.

This year, however, I tried golden nuggets … and they are superb. Smallish pumpkins, but heaps of them … and ripened perfectly despite the latest cold weather.

Another advantage is that they don’t seem to have the same tendency to make escape attempts into new territory beyond the allocated patch.

If you’re into growing your own, try them out, and you’ll be gobbling down a golden shower in May.

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ant 8:21 pm 25 May 09

Clown Killer said :

I’d always thought that the Jap pumpkins were short for Japanese, but I found out over easter it’s an acronym fiven to the line by the people that developed it. It stands for Just Another Pumpkin … doesn’t sound half as exotic really.

They’re also known as Kent pumpkins. i had no luck with mine this year, the flowers didn’t start til late, and it’d just set fruit when a frost came and the whole lot crumbled like a stabbed vampire.

Granny 6:45 pm 25 May 09

Lots of people like to talk about pumpkins, Dummett. What do you honestly think you can achieve by these posts?

Dummett 6:06 pm 25 May 09

you pay out me and my skool while you sit at home talking about pumpkins…

good to see you went well at skool too!

GardeningGirl 7:04 pm 04 May 09

We only ever used to grow butternuts. Will have to give these a go.

peterh 1:06 pm 04 May 09

grundy said :

I hope Ari googled ‘Golden Shower’ by now… 🙂

oh, i bet he has…

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