Pumpkin, Squash and Zucchini Vines
All summer I have been watching my neighbors pumpkin vine grow along one fence and across the adjoining fence. This neighbor makes a vegetable patty from the pumpkin flowers so I was not surprised to not see any of the orange flowers until she left on vacation and some grew on the lower portion of what I thought was one vine.
I noticed the difference in the leaves but just didn't give it a thought until lo and behold the most disfigured pumpkin started to grow. To my shame, I did not know that the zucchini vine mirrors the pumpkin vine except for the white spots on the leaves. You can see the difference in the above photo.
In my defence, my neighbor has never grown zucchini before this year and only put in the seeds as an experiment. I would say her experiment was a total success. These pictures also show that growing both vines in the same area can also be a success.
The leaves on zucchini and squash plants have white viens through them, The first year my neighbors tow plants intertwined I was facinated by them and then the long squash appeared where I thought a pumpkin should be.
Pumpkin is one of my favorite vegetables in the Fall. It can be used as a decoration for Halloween or hollowed out and the pulp made into delicious pumpkin recipes.
My neighbor takes the flowers and uses them to make a small fried patty. The difference in the leaves of a pumpkin plant is that there are no white viens showing on the leaves.