My Italian pumpkin foray came to a partial conclusion today, when I harvested the first "Marina di Chioggia" pumpkin. Eighteen pounds of warty loveliness. The 2" diameter stem tore some of the vine off, and I noticed that the vine had already started to put down roots, and was sad that it had been uprooted. I found some more likely spots -- one of which had already rooted -- and covered them with dirt. I'd like to save some seeds from this, which would require finding two flowers from the vine, and that might be a challenge.
I can hardly wait to hack it open and eat it!
Speaking of eating, this lovely (and not warty) melon was hiding in the foliage this morning.
Flipped over, the bottom half is quite yellow. How does one tell if it's ripe? I'm nearly certain that I'm growing a small variety, called "Picnic."
Selling winter squash to some of my family might be difficult. The watermelon, not so much.