As a counterpoint to my ‘Trees’ series at the New Moon, here’s the first of my ‘Crops’ series. It seems apt to celebrate harvest at the Full Moon. You can see other posts in this series by following my ‘harvest’ tag. This month, I’m ten days late for the Full Moon but pumpkins and other cucurbits are still in season here in Britain.
Until a decade or two ago, many people in Britain weren’t familiar with pumpkins, winter squashes, gourds or whatever you prefer to call the autumn-harvested cucurbits. These crops have gained popularity here with changes in fashion towards local food and home grown food. Now the greengrocers’ shelves are full of seasonal produce and allotments are sought after.
As 2012 turns towards autumn we see pricey pumpkins. Times have been hard for growers. The summer has been cool and very wet. But the Horticultural Trades Association says that the industry looks towards improvement.
As Bertrand Russell said, ‘Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I’m convinced of the opposite.’