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Is it a marrow, is it a courgette, is it a squash?


 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:41 pm    Post subject: Is it a marrow, is it a courgette, is it a squash? Reply with quote

I bought a couple of each of these a few months back just to see how they would go. So I put them altogether in what I now realise was too small an area, three unused ends of drills at the fruit cages. The identity markers were put in beside each plant as I always do only to find a few days later that a crow or such like had removed all the markers and placed them in a neat pile some three drills away!!! Flummoxed now I didn't know which was which as the leaves are remarkably similar. So I waited for them to fruit to tell them apart. This area has been one of the successes this year - see another post in 'what did you do today?'. I take it that the first three photos are courgettes. Is that stripey lad a marrow or two in the fourth photo? The next four are of my basketball size pumpkin, only one plant and only one fruit on it. My query is that I presume I will wont get anymore fruit on this so can I cut away the small fruits that have set plus the 10 to 12 feet long vines spreading out from the plant and presumably using up nutrients that the fruit could be using?
Where are my butternut squashes gone? No trace of them.



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any fruit that has not set now you can remove, also shorten the long extension growths, remove some leaves from around the fruit to let ripen, the last pic of the pumpkin, I would rest the pumpkin on straw or a brick to prevent, . They need Feed Feed Feed when growing, to get fruit to set next year if you grow them plant in manure on a mound and feed heavily also hand pollinate them for best results otherwise the fruit will not set properly.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks man. Much what I thought anyway. Should have done it long ago. I forgot to mention the melons. I have 5 in the greenhouse and they too are sprawling all over the place. Lots of yellow flowers on long tendrils but no fruits at all. Pull them up and start earlier next year?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes start late feb in greenhouse and plant directly into manure on a mound, after frost has passed outside. feed feed feed, A trick, as the fruit begins to swell either get a large syringe and inject a high sugar solution into the stem near the fruit or put a slit in it and push cotton wool into it leave the other end of the cotton wool in a dish full of sugar and water and it will absorb into the fruit, Also keep the swelling fruit off the ground to prevent rot and damage also something soft allows it to swell all around.
Then enter it in a local competition next Autumn,
Guess Im in trouble now with the champion pumpkin grower ah well they neeed new competition.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So late May was not good then ha ha. I knew it was late but I said I would give it a go anyway.
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