We rarely get to see the results of the photo-shoots that take place in the pumpkin patch but this year it was a little different.
Cat’s Dog Photography from Preston joined us again to get their Halloween shot of Poppy on a giant pumpkin….
… but whilst they were there my old faithful Springer Spaniel Molly was woken from her slumbers to have her own photo taken. The photos are fantastic and have captured some of Molly’s expressions that perhaps only I can see but it makes them much more than a photo to me.
An early start this morning to harvest the first pumpkin of the season ready for filming the Halloween episodes of BBC’s Eastenders. I’ve been working with the prop buyers to match the pumpkin supplied to the script so hopefully we might see it again in Albert Square towards the end of October.
All the 2017 pumpkins are now planted – indoors and outdoors. After a difficult germination (we are blaming the seed compost we used) the plants grew well.
For the indoor plants the next milestone is pollination where we select the female flower we want to grow on and the male flower that we wish to cross pollinate it with. The outdoor plants have to take their chances with what our bees decide is best for them.
Keeping up with the weeding and watering are the ongoing challenges until harvest time.