My pumpkins are starting to ripen! They were the "early sugar" variety (Pumpkin Early Sugar or Pie, but a different brand; I think I got them locally) so I guess I shouldn't be so surprised. What, did I think they were kidding by "harvest in 90 days"?
It just feels strange to see ripening pumpkins in July. Only these two seem to be developing into mature pumpkins, though; I'm not seeing any others developing on the vines.
The lighting and shadows were too weird to get a decent photo of them both in one picture, so I just put the two photos side-by side.
The pumpkin plants also took off earlier than most of my other plants. They're in a row right next to the cantaloupes and watermelons, but for some reason at the beginning of the season the pumpkins were much happier than the others were.
I've already started some new pumpkin seeds so that I'll have pumpkins in the fall, too.
The ones I started are more of the "early sugar" pumpkins. It's probably too late in the summer to start any larger pumpkins. I think I'll try some Giant Pumpkins next year, along with the small, sweet ones for cooking.
Just how long does it take for pumpkins to ripen after they start to turn orange, anyways?