Little Jack

The weather has been positively glorious these past few days. After a dreary August here in Hertfordshire, September has (so far) proved to be warm and sunny; the final, balmy vestiges of summer.

We took the first of our pumpkins the other day.  A teeny-tiny Jack-Be-Little that will probably end up in a soup of sorts.


I get more excited about pumpkins than any other crop. I love that when the other beds are beginning to slow down and look a little exhausted, the pumpkins burst onto the scene in all their flaming glory.  I love the way their vibrant skins peek through the greenery, glowing in the autumn sunshine. I love cooking with them; throwing them into soups and risottos, roasting them in wedges, or baking them into sweet treats.

The only thing I don’t like about pumpkins is trying to get them out of their hard skins, which is always a bit of an effort, but their virtues far outweigh this one disadvantage, in my book.


We’re also growing the Crown Prince variety along with the Jack-Be-Littles, thanks to a helpful recommendation from SewSowTasty at the start of the year, so we look forward to tasting these.

How are your pumpkins coming along and how do you plan to use them?


6 thoughts on “Little Jack

  1. Only got one very big pumpkin this year, which is slowly turning orange. Was a bit surprised it didn’t grow orange from the start as the last packet of seeds produced ones like this. Yours look great, anyway!


  2. I love pumpkins too! I am crazy about all the winter squash. All of mine got the dreaded squash borer this year so ….will have to try again next year. Meanwhile, I will suck it up and buy some organic ones from someone else:). Beautiful blog!


    1. Hi Cynthia, thanks for visiting – so glad you like the blog! Sorry to hear you lost your pumpkins this year though, that’s a great shame. We’ll try not to taunt you with further pictures of our pumpkins! 😉


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