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Jun. 21st, 2008

 My pumpkin plant has a flower on it.

It is yellow.


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Jun. 22nd, 2008 07:35 am (UTC)
Where did you think the fruits came from? *interested* :-)
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Jun. 22nd, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Ah! No, you're right - the pumpkin is the generic name for the plant and the fruit! You can't get the fruit until you've had the flowers - it's fascinating watching the flowers (both male and female!) grow, then once pollinated the baby pumpkin behind the female flower swells and swells and swells and you get (if you're lucky) a pumpkin. :-)
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Jun. 23rd, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
Why not? Do you live in a flat with a balcony? If so, you can use plant pots / hanging baskets (they're good for trailing strawberries). If you have a flat without a balcony / house without a garden, you can use your windowsills for smaller things like maybe a tomato plant or two.

You can always find room somehow! (Unless you have a house with no windows, in which case my creativity would probably lead me to make a hole in a wall or something!)
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Jun. 24th, 2008 07:04 am (UTC)
I suspect your housing assoc is thinking more along the lines of rats/badgers/foxes, which you really don't want hanging round (despite foxes being cool!)

Look for a dwarf variety of tomato if you decide to try them - the non-dwarf ones can be rather large! Try looking for the red Robin variety if your space is really limited. Um, what else can I say?

Sow 2-3 seeds per pot. If you want a continuous harvest, try sowing one pot every other week - that was you won't get a glut of fruit. They'll typically take 3-4 months from seed to fruit. They will most likely need feeding with a specific tomato feed once every other week from germination until you pick the fruit. You can impress your friends with your tomato growing skills! :-D

As you might've guessed, I'm all for people growing their own food, and tomatoes are possibly the easiest thing you can grow. I suspect you could, given the right supports for the plants, ie some indoor trellis, even try growing dwarf peas Tom Thumb indoors.

Or even dwarf sweet peas, which aren't edible, but smell beautiful!