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No risk for frost any more. In fact the last frost was many weeks ago. It’s definitely time to plant out the pumpkins, squash, cucumbers, gourds, maize, etc, and a little bit more of everything else too.

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Each pumpkin plant gets an extra dose of old cow manure.

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I need a lot more mulching material.

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There is a variety of sunflowers in the center and randomly dispersed among the pumpkins. Hokkori (Hokkaido pumpkin) and other pumpkins spiral outwards, with maize (sweet corn) in raised beds around the edges (along with some garlic and a few perennials).

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I could have started a couple of weeks earlier this year, but with the off and on weather, I figured it was best to stick to the traditional schedule.

It’s the time of year for starting out the curbits. Various kinds of pumpkin, squash, sunflowers and many other flowers need to be started out earlier than the weather and short growing season of this part of Sweden permit. The seeds are sown in flats that can be kept indoors and can thus get going a few weeks ahead of time for later planting out after frost risk is over in the beginning of june.

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Two flats of hokkari kabocha a Japanese pumpkin, also known as the hokkaido pumpkin.

It has an exceptionally delicious flavor with a thick orange meat – my favorite. Even tho it’s a hybrid variety, I have to have it, and so do my Japanese customers. I get the seeds directly from Japan by way of Japanese friends who go back and forth often. Next year we are planning on going ourselves.

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