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Pumpkins

Postby Westi » Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:09 pm

Great result from them this year but must say have been disappointed with Autumn Crown. Thought it would be a good mix being a cross between Crown Prince & Butternut but kind of hoped it would have more Crown Prince attributes. It might just be my growing but they are quite small & the flesh is quite light yellow - taste is OK but you don't get the sweet tacky bits when roasted & soup is also not as appetising looking being paler.

My Musquee D'Hiverde Provence are huge & very orange flesh & have already ordered my seed of these & QLD Blue for next year. What have you guys found great (or not) this year?

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Re: Pumpkins

Postby peter » Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:04 pm

First Crown Prince, carrot, bacon and potato soup made last week, delicious. :D
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Re: Pumpkins

Postby Westi » Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:53 pm

Hi Peter

I shouldn't veer from my tried & trusted but you never know could have the next Moonlight of the runner bean world, in pumpkin form! Alas not from Autumn Crown!

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Re: Pumpkins

Postby Chantal » Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:13 pm

I was thinking of Autumn Crown for next year... perhaps not :(

I have grown a big pile of Winter Festival and Crown Prince, but what's the best way to store them?
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Re: Pumpkins

Postby peter » Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:26 pm

I used to keep mine in the garage attached to our house, with freezer and washing machine tumble dryer in. On a coverless growbag greenhouse with all the wire mesh shelves in.

Now I have an insulated workshop she'd with electricity laid on I use that.
Fan heater on "frost free", little dehumidifier, and in bread basket/trays stacked on the work bench.

Check weekly for rot.

If you don't it will dribble on good ones and stink the place out. :twisted:
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Re: Pumpkins

Postby Primrose » Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:08 pm

We have an Autumn Crown in our garage waiting to be eaten amongst a batch of winter squashes bought from a PYO Farm. We were hoping it would have the same flavour & texture as Crown Prince but sounds as if we may be a little disappointed. Do check them fairly regularly but will again heed the warning. Main hazard in our garage is possible little mice nibbles.
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Re: Pumpkins

Postby Westi » Thu Oct 23, 2014 6:06 pm

It may have well been my growing conditions though that has created less than expected. Please let me know your results as they are attractive & although small are just right 4 the 2 of us & also being smaller the vine can support more per plant.

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