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In my blog Vegetables on my terrace garden I posted the picture of a young pumpkin about which I was excited as it fulfilled my challenge to grow pumpkin on the terrace. There is a saying in our language that “A blind man asks God for one eye and He gives two” . (I don’t know if there is a proverb in English with similar meaning.) Same thing happened in my case. I prayed mother nature to give me one pumpkin and she gave me many. While surveying my garden from all sides I found that three fairly big pumpkins were hanging on the outside of the parapet and three more were seen on the terrace floor itself. I was shocked to see the number. The pictures show the pumpkins on my terrace garden. This success was possible because of the idea of raised bed I learnt from GT postings. I am so grateful to this site. The picture of cucumbers raised by the same technique can also be seen. The cucumber vine is crowded with many flowers and soon I hope to get many of them . At the bottom of the bed I had put a six inch layer of coconut husk. Over this I put a six inch layer of soil and put some worms on it. Once in two weeks I add cow manure to the bed. The manure also is mixed with cow urine which is rich in urea and uric acid as well as many important minerals. My results have opened new vistas for terrace or balcony garden. I plan to apply these processes to grow more edibles and flowers on my terrace. Nature is generous if you fulfill certain conditions.

Cucumbers

Honey bees doing their job

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein



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Bon

7374 posts in 2353 days
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posted 1114 days ago

They are really starting to get big Sharad.Glad you found the secret to growing them.Your cucumbers look good too.They sure are pale in color compared to the dark green ones that we grow here.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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MsDebbieP

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posted 1114 days ago

oh wow!!! Congratulations… you must be so excited about the success and the possibilities!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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daltxguy

882 posts in 1670 days
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posted 1114 days ago

Anything is possible now, Sharad!
You have also discovered the close relationship between animals and food and nature’s recycling.

Did you realize that the date 11.7.11 is a palindrome?

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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jroot

5047 posts in 2203 days
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posted 1114 days ago

Well done, Sharad. When we planted pumpkins when we were children, we always made a little hill before putting in the seed. The raised garden is a similar means. They seem to like moisture, but not wet feet, so your raised bed on your terrace garden is somewhat similar. I look forward to seeing how they progress.

What will you do with your pumpkins when ripe? I love to make pie, but will you use them in another mode?

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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sharad

1620 posts in 1790 days
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posted 1113 days ago

Thank you fellow gardeners for your comments.
Bon, we have several varieties of cucumbers to choose. This one is on the paler side. Next time I will use the darker one.
Debbie yes I am excited and contemplating on other possibilities.
Daltxguy thanks for bringing to my notice that 11.7.11 is a palindrome. You are smart good observer.
Jroot I will distribute them to my neighbours, relatives and friends after keeping some for a number of recipes we have for pumpkin. I will post these recipes one by one. You send me the recipe for pie.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Aileen Edword

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posted 1113 days ago

Wow! such nice both of them it must be fun growing pumpkins and cucumber. that looks to pretty yellow pumpkin flower color is very fresh.

-- http://www.mightygarden.com/flower-gardening.html

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1836 days
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posted 1113 days ago

Congratulations on your success, Sharad! Your vegetables look healthy and delicious. I imagine you will enjoy them immensely.

: )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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sharad

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posted 1113 days ago

Thank you Aileen and Robin for your response.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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jroot

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posted 1113 days ago

Pumpkin Pie recipe. Here it is, Sharad. Enjoy.

http://gardentenders.com/topics/539

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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sharad

1620 posts in 1790 days
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posted 1113 days ago

Thanks Jroot for the recipe. I doubt if pie shells are available here. I hope you can do without them.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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jroot

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posted 1113 days ago

Yes, you can put it into custard bowls and cook it for a shorter time period. Less fattening that way, also.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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justjoel

1062 posts in 1953 days
hardiness zone 7a

posted 1111 days ago

Nice pumpkins, Sharad, I hope you are able to enjoy them in many ways. It would be pushing them past what is a typical US harvest date, but Daltxguy and I would be tickled if you could harvest some, or at least post the picture of your harvest, on 11.11.11, at 11:11 A.M. (11:11 P.M. to many would actually be 23:11, so that wouldn’t be significant then.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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Gone_Tropical

510 posts in 1286 days
hardiness zone 9b

posted 1111 days ago

wonderful vegetables, they surely enjoy the manure. So I take it manure does not burn the plants, good to know.

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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sharad

1620 posts in 1790 days
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posted 1111 days ago

Justjoel I will certainly try to post the pictures of my harvest on the said date and time or at least post a recipe of pumpkin from this side of the world.
GT, manure will not burn the plants when added moderately.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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justjoel

1062 posts in 1953 days
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posted 1110 days ago

I imagine there might be some recipes with curry in them from your corner, yes? Seems like it might be a good paring in a soup.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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Gone_Tropical

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posted 1110 days ago

what do the neighbors say to the ‘perfume’ of the manure, softly weaving along with the summer breeze? ;-)

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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sharad

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posted 1109 days ago

GT, my neighbors are not so close to get disturbed by the ‘perfume’. If the manure is properly decomposed and aged I don’t think the smell is very awful and I don’t use large quantity of it.
Jj, there are recipes with curry and many others.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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justjoel

1062 posts in 1953 days
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posted 1106 days ago

As we talked about Sharad, here are a couple of shots of pumpkins I would not recommend you grow on your terrace. As fun and as novel as they are, they just take up too much room, when even I don’t have that much to begin with (was half my veggie space that year, and I crowded them). It’s hard to image that these wouldn’t even be impressive to those that grow them each year, trying for a prize specimen. The one in the center really isn’t one from the “giant” seeds, just a regular old large one that did well.


Yes, my girl at just over two was standing in it (and didn’t like it).

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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sharad

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posted 1106 days ago

Thank you Jj for the pictures. They are real giants as can be seen in the picture with your cute daughter standing behind one of them. Any idea about the weight of the bigger one? Can you tell me when a pumpkin is ready to harvest?

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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justjoel

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posted 1106 days ago

Actually, she’s standing IN the carved out pumpkin, Sharad. Pumpkins are usually harvested in the US in late September and October, depending on the pumpkin I suppose. But all of them are ready for carving for Halloween by the last week in October for sure. Not sure how that plays out in India, same hemisphere or not. Sorry, didn’t try to weigh the thing, but I could only get one each of the big ones in my wheelbarrow at a time.

Here’s a couple more shots to show how cruelly we treat our squash (and they sometimes treat each other)...

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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sharad

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posted 1105 days ago

Jj what I meant was not the season when it is harvested but the symptoms when it is ready to separate from the vine or when does it become mature? This I need because three of my pumpkins are hanging outside the parapet of my balcony which is four stories above ground(about 80 to 90ft). If I don’t remove the pumpkin at the right time it may fall from such height and accidentally may injure somebody passing by. Thanks for the two photos. How cruel!

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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justjoel

1062 posts in 1953 days
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posted 1105 days ago

I was being as specific as I could be; in other words, I don’t know much (Q – “How do you know when to harvest your pumpkin?” A – “When my young daughter is ready to carve the thing.” ) and I truly wasn’t sure how different it might be in India. But I see your dilema – not one that I’ve ever had; kinda puts a dangerous edge to gardening that I’ve not experienced before – hope your squash don’t become verbs for some passer-by.

If you can get to them, you might try to secure them with some lady’s pantyhose – I understand that they are used with larger squash/gourds on trellises quite often, maybe hammock or sling-like. They’re soft yet strong, you can tie a knot in them (to maybe tie a cord to that?) and anchor that to a stake in the garden above?

Pumpkin

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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Weedwacker

297 posts in 1500 days

posted 1105 days ago

How about a hunk of fish net, maybe you could sort of make a hammock out of net so those pumpkins won’t shorten the life span of one of your neighbors. One of those babies falling from 80 ft. is going to be a serious problem for someone.

-- Margaret, Eagle Creek, Oregon. A garden is never finished.

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sharad

1620 posts in 1790 days
hardiness zone 11

posted 1105 days ago

Thanks Jj and Weedwacker for your suggestions. I am seriously thinking about them to avoid the potential hazard.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Iris43

3799 posts in 2203 days
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posted 1105 days ago

Sharad, although I haven’t commented, I have been following this thread. I am amazed at the wonderful pumpkins you have successfully grown. I hope you are able to secure the hanging pumpkins until they are ready to harvest…..it would be sad to have to cut them loose bf they are ready…...and sad to have them fall on someone. Good luck finding a solution. I will continue to follow your story to find out how you solve this problem.

Meanwhile, enjoy your produce. Grown by your own hand makes everything taste so much better, and gives one the feeling of self-sufficiency. :)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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justjoel

1062 posts in 1953 days
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posted 1105 days ago

Netting is in fact what I’m using for my gourd trellis, but worry about them cutting into the flesh of the fruit. Since it is at ground level for me, I can easily slip some paper grocery sack between the gourd and the netting if I need to. I’ve read that nylons are soft, expandable, and let light, air and water through, and work as great slings for the larger gourds and squash – just didn’t want to do that on an individual basis (if I get the crop I’m hoping for).

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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sharad

1620 posts in 1790 days
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posted 1104 days ago

Iris, thanks for your encouraging comment and good wishes for finding a solution.

Jj, skin of pumpkin is quite thick but still the danger of cutting into the flesh cannot be ruled out because of the weight of the hanging pumpkin. One of the pumpkin has come down to my balcony (Pic 1). Pic 2 shows the pumpkin as seen from inside my house through a window. I can tie a rope to the pumpkin, pull it a little inside and tie it to the window grill. If at all, the pumpkin can fall inside my balcony. For the other two I will have to do some arrangement. The joy of getting pumpkins on my terrace garden has caused some anxiety also. Let me see how to deal with it. The third picture shows my cucumber vine also hanging over the parapet wall and reaching my balcony. You can see three tiny cucumbers also.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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mmh

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posted 1104 days ago

Pumpkins! I LOVE pumpkin pie! I still have two Korean pumpkins in the basement. They grew from a volunteer in the compost pile and it looks like another two have grown from one that went into the pile this spring. If you grow one large enough, maybe you can rent it out to Cinderella ~

-- A weed is a plant that is growing where it was not purposefully placed by human hands.

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sharad

1620 posts in 1790 days
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posted 1103 days ago

Meilie, will you pl send a picture of the Korean pumpkin?

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Cynthia

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posted 1097 days ago

Nice pumpkins, Sharad. Do you celebrate Halloween in your country? What is your next goal for your garden? I always enjoy your blogs. Any more animal photos? More photos on the cities in your country? I cannot get over how lush the greenery is in India!

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sharad

1620 posts in 1790 days
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posted 991 days ago

Today on 11/11/11 I harvested one pumpkin from my terrace garden and cut it at 11.11 AM. I was very happy to see the attractive orange colored flesh and number of seeds inside. I am planning to make pumpkin pie for the first time. Four more are waiting for harvest.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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justjoel

1062 posts in 1953 days
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posted 991 days ago

Truly a beautiful piece of fruit, Sharad; I’m sure your pies will be tasty – so much more so given the mathematically (and, dare I say, ”numerlogically”) significant time they were harvested. Now, if you could only bake the pies for only 11 minutes and 11 seconds, or for 11 hours, 11 minutes, and 11 seconds, then they would be perfect (actually, that might rip a hole in the space-time continuum, so maybe just an hour or so would be fine)!

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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jroot

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posted 990 days ago

I was thinking of your pumpkins when I made pumpkin pie yesterday morning. ... and then I saw your post.
I took the pie to work today, and it was devoured in a very short time by my colleagues.

The green colour of the skin makes me think it was a squash, but perhaps you have green pumpkins there. At any rate, squash make good pies too, although I find they are moister, so one needs to cut back on the liquid additions just a little. Tastes almost the same.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Iris43

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posted 990 days ago

Very nice looking pumpkin, Sharad. The wonderful orange-coloured flesh looks very appetizing. Good luck with the pie…....let us know how you like it.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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