Category Archives: French

Carved and Ready

Carving pumpkins (the garden, from whence these pumpkins came is in the background)

Carving pumpkins (the garden, from whence these pumpkins came is in the background)

The Spy marks out his design

The Spy marks out his design

Inspiration (by the Spy)

Inspiration (by the Spy)

Hmmm this looks familiar...

Hmmm this looks familiar…

Hahahha (Source)

Hahahha (source)

For the record, this was unintentional, but after I noticed it looked like Nemo, I just went with it

For the record, this was unintentional, but after I noticed it looked like Nemo, I just went with it

Smoochie Carving

Smoochie Carving

Pumpkin Boy

Pumpkin Boy

Pumpkin Dad

Pumpkin Dad…

and…

Pumpkin Mom say, "You kids better behave!" Hahhaha

Pumpkin Mom say, “You kids better behave!” Hahhaha

Baby was indeed behaving but showed little interest in the carving until all the pumpkins were lit up in the dark. She was busy breaking in her Halloween costume for tomorrow. What will she be? A pumpkin, of course!

The piece de resistance! Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Seeds

The piece de resistance! Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Seeds

Rouge Vif d'Etampes pumpkin seeds

Rouge Vif d’Etampes pumpkin seeds

Check out this seed; it was so weird; like plastic!

Check out this seed; it was so weird; like plastic!

Looks like a dried out pumpkin seed in a plastic bag!

Looks like a dried out pumpkin seed in a plastic bag!

I wanted to carve the name “Rouge Vif d’Etampes” and “Atlantic Giant” into two of the pumpkins, alas, I didn’t have that sort of patience within me aujourd’hui. I tend to employ (and enjoy!) the rough, impulsive and unplanned form of pumpkin carving. But feel free to just imagine it. Lovely, right? HHAhaha Both of these two varieties of pumpkins are “curcurbita maxima” so there is a possibility that they cross pollinated, which would mean the seeds contain a combination of the two varieties’ genetic material. I think I had fully intended to only grow winter squash of different species within the curcurbita genus (there is maxima, pepo, mixta and moschata) so that they wouldn’t cross-pollinate so that I could save the seeds. The seeds look unique to each variety; but what do you think? How likely is it that they two varieties mixed and my seeds will grow Rouge Vif d’Atlantic Giant Etampes pumpkins?!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Delice de la Table

Delice de la Table

Our Delice de la Table melons are a French variety grown from seeds I saved in 2013. I imagine if Cinderella were French, her carriage would be a Delice de la Table melon.

Or maybe a Rouge de Vif d'Etampes pumpkin.

Or maybe a Rouge de Vif d’Etampes pumpkin.

Lemon cucumbers are also growing up this trellis.

Can you spot the lemon cucumber in the lower left corner?

Can you spot the lemon cucumber in the lower left corner?

They are crisp and fresh and have a perfect cucumber flavor. As a bonus, this variety never gets bitter (in our experience) and it is so easy to tell when they are ripe:

Ready to pick when they look like a lemon.

Ready to pick when they look like a lemon.

Hartman's Giant Amaranth and you can see the pumpkins hanging from the trellis

Hartman’s Giant Amaranth and you can see the pumpkins hanging from the trellis

Blue Swallowtail (on zinnias)

Blue Swallowtail (on zinnias)

Autumn Beauty Sunflower

Autumn Beauty Sunflower

It definitely feels like autumn! The air is crisp and cool. I know it doesn’t technically start for awhile, but since it is my absolute favorite season, I’m going to go ahead and start enjoying fall now!

"Falling" Sunflower

“Falling” Sunflower

"Blazing Star" wildflower

“Blazing Star” wildflower

Morning Sun Yellow Cherry Tomatoes

Morning Sun Yellow Cherry Tomatoes

If tomato plants become too tall for cages or stakes and curve over, as in the above photo, it is best to leave them as they are (especially if they’ve but drooping over for more than a day or so).  Attempting to stand/stake them back up makes the tomato branches more prone to snapping. Plus, we’re in St. Louis, so we can appreciate a nice arch!

Atlantic Giant pumpkin and Dexie

Atlantic Giant pumpkin and Dexie

Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Patch

Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Patch

What do we have here?!

What do we have here?!

Wretched squash bug (eggs).

Wretched squash bug (eggs).

Found lots of these sneakily-layed eggs.

Found lots of these sneakily-layed eggs.

Pretty, but deadly (to the pumpkins!)

Pretty, but deadly (to the pumpkins!)

I examined each and every winter squash leaf; especially underneath each leaf, which as you can see from the photos is where they often lay the eggs. Wearing disposable vinyl gloves I picked off (and squished) all of the eggs, plus some of the squash bugs that had just hatched. BLECH!  Also spotted some adult squash bugs and squished them too. I estimate I decimated 500 eggs/bugs! Wooo! Victory! It is great when you can stop these (literally) stinky pests at this stage (without using any sort of pesticides!).

Blazing Star Wildflower about to bloom

Blazing Star Wildflower about to bloom