...& the garden is still so damp & compact a stray mushroom has sprouted....in october :/
riley, soninlaws' dog, bounced through one of the mums, snapped it in
3 pieces. the other 2 mums have lovely burgundy blooms, as advertised,
but won't be getting any bigger.
not having grown pumpkin before, i googled a how-to article or two. all
pointed out that pumpkins are prone to powdery mildew. that one is
supposed to clip off affected leaves, as fungicide won't work once the
mildew is established. also, that clipped leaves won't affect the
plants' ability to grow fruit.
huh...still growing, no pumpkin.
so, from now on, i will just let the pumpkin put out as many mildew-y
leaves as it can.
observe & note, plant next season for better luck!