Sunday, September 28, 2008

Pumpkin Update

One of the more orange pumpkins so far. Can't wait for pie & muffins.

Overall, the pumpkin vines are holding up nicely. I hope they will help make it to a decent harvest. I will be spraying a baking soda mixture on the few spots of powdery mildew.

The leaves closest to the center of one plant have developed these yellow edges, above. Any ideas what is causing it? The pumpkins on this vine have also been the first to get some orange color.
A few of the leaves on other plants had large patches of tan one day and now are like this. DH swears he had to scrape frost off of his car window one day last week. I have to wonder if just certain leaves had enough moisture on them to catch a bit of frost, or perhaps a sunburn through the moisture. The pumpkin bed doesn't ease into the day with morning sun. It is shaded by trees until quite late in the morning. And there can be a cool flow of air along the tree line.

As it doesn't seem to be spreading, it could have been weather conditions, rather than a disease. There are a few spots of powdery mildew, but not on these leaves that turned brown.


Libbys Blog said...

To me it looks more like weather conditions than anything else..

Is pumpkin pie as nice as you all say it is? I ask because I have never had it and was wondering about having a go!

Anonymous said...

Hey, is that a glimpse of the antique plow we left behind? Glad you found a spot for it!

Petunia's Gardener said...

Yes, Paula, that's your plow! It has been working up the pumpkin patch.

Libby - I think it is that nice! Maybe because it is a special fall treat (unless the pumpkins last for the winter), or all the good stuff you add to it to make the pie.