What can I say? When I saw a photograph of a blue-gray pumpkin I immediately wanted to grow my own. I found some organic, non-GMO, heirloom seeds and planted one in my raised bed. It brings me joy every day as I see it continuing to grow larger and change color.
I am growing my single “blue jarrahdale” pumpkin plant in the sunny, southern half of a raised bed that it shares with a few tomato plants (an area measuring about 36×36 inches). In early spring, I amended the soil with loads of compost and I’ve treated it weekly with a small amount of organic granular fertilizer. I started the seeds in pots indoors on May 13th and planted three of them out on May 27th. I (reluctantly) thinned to one plant due to the space constraint. By July 27th, I have just one thriving pumpkin on a bushy, 10 foot vine. The vine is happily traveling south down my garden path. Several female flowers have perished throughout the season but one persisted and it is awesome.