At UNANGST TREE FARMS a large variety of pumpkins are planted in June.  They begin to form starting in late July.  The pumpkin plants can grow up to about 16" each day.  Many of the pumpkin varieties that we grow are known as "powdery mildew resistant".  This simply means that the use of fungicides is greatly reduced; therefore, being environmentally friendly.   Did you know pumpkins cannot reproduce by themselves.  Honey bees are needed to pollinate the flowers.  The more visits a honey bee makes to a flower the more perfectly shaped the pumpkins.  Interesting fact….isn't it!   As pumpkins develop they are first green.  They do not turn orange until they are ripe.  Green pumpkins are great for pumpkin soup.  If you have never tried pumpkin soup, come pick your green pumpkin off the vine and give it a try.

                                             A Honey Bee Visiting The Pumpkin Flower

The Female Pumpkin Flower Has A Belly Below The Flower.  The Male Flower Does Not Have A Belly.  Only The Female Flower Produces A Pumpkin.

Mr. Jim Clause is inspecting the bee hive.  Honey is beginning to collect in the hive.