Pumpkins on the small side in 2011
According to the Royal Horticultural Society, thanks to the weather this year, pumpkins will be on the small side:
This year’s unusual weather means Halloween pumpkins could be on the small side, the Royal Horticultural Society said.
Gardeners trying to grow the fruit for Halloween lanterns have struggled in the face of an unusually dry spring and a cool, damp spell in late summer, to get pumpkins to grow well, the experts said.
RHS principal horticultural adviser Leigh Hunt said: “It’s been a strange year. To start with, a dry start to the summer meant plants struggled to get roots into the ground and establish properly.”
The conditions also allowed mildew to thrive, while a lack of high temperatures or long periods of sunshine through the summer stopped the plants developing properly.
I can only speak for the squash I’ve been growing this year, but I’ve not had much luck and there has been a lot of mildew. We did get a few squash towards the end of the season, but they were rather small – as suggested by the article.
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