Musque de Provence “French Cheese” Pumpkins

Did you wonder what happened to these beautiful “French Cheese” pumpkins, I grew in the Community Garden over the Summer? Remember when I photographed them, they were still green and had to grow a little bit more?

Let me go back a little bit. Christi picked up a “French Cheese” pumpkin from a local nursery as Autumn decoration for her house in October 2016. When the season was over, she made pumpkin puree for soups and pies. The seeds got cleaned up and stored for sowing in the following Spring.

Spring 2017 approached, and Christi had about four or five plants from the seeds, she’d been sowing earlier in the year. She asked me, if I liked a couple of plants. “Sure! I love to take a couple!” I said. After I planted the little pumpkin seedlings, I watered them. Christi and I stared at the plants for a moment. “Let’s see, how they will do in the garden.” she wondered. I nodded: “I’ll be excited, if we see pumpkins!”

At the end of Summer, we saw a couple of pumpkins. Each plant produced one squash. I know, that is not much. But I was stoked seeing at least one of each, after we were fighting the squash vine borers all Summer.

In Autumn I decided to clean up the bed and harvest the pumpkins. Christi was a little bit hesitant, because both pumpkins were still more green than orange. I assured: “They will cure for a while and gain their color. I don’t want them to get too ripe, and the critters will have a feast.” She agreed, and I picked the pumpkins.

Now, it is December. And the French Cheese pumpkins gained their color. At this moment, they sit on my couch table next to my little Christmas pine tree. I know, it might look awkward a little bit. But I can’t let go of Autumn, yet. And I want to wait to make pumpkin pie at Yule/Winter Solstice. If the weather is cool enough, I might make a “Curried Pumpkin Soup”.

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Musque de Provence “French Cheese” Pumpkins gained their orange color.

Winter Vegetables In The Colony Community Garden

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One of our volunteer gardeners planted a bunch of cabbages and other Winter vegetables. When Kevin and I came to the Community Garden to check on things, he pointed out a cabbage head and the cauliflower in Katie’s raised bed. I’m so excited seeing the Winter crop growing and producing wonderful vegetables.

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Dew Droplets And The First Light Frost

While the ground is still too warm, I’ve noticed some light frost on the north side of our roof. Autumn is coming to North Texas. And when it happens, don’t blink with your eyes. You might miss it. 😉 Between endless Texas Summers and short Winters, there is not much left for Autumn, nor for Spring. It’s either HOT or it is cold. But what we call “cold” here in the South, people up North would laugh at us. 😀 Yes, being born, raised and lived the first 30 years of my life in Germany, I know the meaning of the term COLD. 🙂

In this mid 40s morning, I checked on my cabbages. They were covered in a beautiful layer of dew droplets. I waited until the sun was at the right angle, before I’ve got my camera out to capture some photos. Since I don’t have a macro lens, it is a bit challenging to get these little droplets sharp enough in a photo. But I do the best with the tools and knowledge I have available. I enjoy it every time, when the weather becomes cooler and there are new seasonal objects to photograph.

Cabbages & Root Vegetables

Earlier this month, I was writing a blog about our “Autumn Cabbage Garden”. I planted broccoli, white & red cabbages, and cauliflower in one raised bed. And I have sown some carrots, radishes, rutabaga, and turnips between the cabbages. The radishes sprouted very quickly. Rutabaga and turnips followed them a few days later. And since the last several days, I also see the carrots poking their greens out of the soil. It’s time to start thinning out the root vegetables to give them a chance for better and bigger growth.

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The cabbages and root vegetables are sprouting nicely in our raised bed. ❤

Our Autumn Cabbage Garden

Being finished with the main chores in the front room, I can pay more attention to my garden again. Wow, I neglected it for several weeks. The garden beds need a lot of work, before they will look nice and healthy again.  Yesterday, I’ve got one of the beds ready: I pulled the leftover plants and the weeds out, loosened the soil, and mixed more soil and amendment in. Today I added two more bags of soil, before I started planting and sowing. Now, one of the beds looks pretty again. I planted broccoli, white & red cabbages, and cauliflower. And in the space between the vegetables I have sown carrots, radishes, rutabagas, and turnips. They are all yummy Winter goodies. Since I have the chicken wire around the garden beds, the rabbits can not get to them. I hope, the Cabbage White Butterfly doesn’t come around to lay its eggs at this time of the year. That would be a bummer.

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Broccoli, White & Red Cabbages, and Cauliflower are planted; Carrots, Radishes, Rutabagas, and Turnips are sown.

Autumn Fruits And Vegetables In The Colony Church/Community Garden

This morning was cool enough to get some work done at the Community Garden. My bed desperately needed some clean up. The squash bugs got to my zucchini plant, and some of the flowers were just wilted from the heat of Summer. One of my sunflowers was ready to get harvested. And I needed to make some room for more Autumn/Winter vegetables.

After the clean-up and watering, Christi and Wally harvested quite a bit of okra for the food bank. I can see a delicious gumbo in the future. 😉 Meanwhile, I walked around and captured photos of both gardens. When it gets a little bit cooler here in North Texas, we all will be much busier building more raised beds, cleaning out the older raised beds and get the garden ready for the Autumn/Winter season. Here you can see what’s growing in the gardens right now: