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Posted: 23/08/2013 at 19:22

Might be partial pollination - the thin section may not have any seeds forming.  A similar thing happens to sweetcorn with some kernels not developing and staying tiny if it didn't get fully fertilized when the silks were catching pollen from the wind.


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 19:13

Peter, yes they do hybridise so you never know what you'll get from saved seed.  Nearly all of this family keep well though - I've even stored courgettes (which grew to marrow size when I missed them) for 3 months before eating them in the Winter.  I have some oddities myself from a few seeds I saved from last year - I think they're a cross between Summer pumpkin and Winter squash, so when I eat them I'll be calling them Autumn squashkins!


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 18:52

I love 'em and have been growing them from seed for years.  I'm always amazed that they can grow up to 8 feet tall from seed in a year - and often flower before saved tubers.  Because of that I don't usually bother to lift and store the tubers - if they survive all well and good, but there's always another 50 ready to replace them each year.  The T&M 'giant hybrids' are my favourite seeds - last couple of years the mix has been dominated  by cactus types though - I prefer the 'normal' flowers.


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 19:37

It's EXIF data as I suspected.  Fix for Apple users:



Posted: 21/08/2013 at 19:19

Hi Michelle, does this work - may need to try and then upload again?



Posted: 21/08/2013 at 19:00

Joolz, are you sure they are wasps and not harmless hoverflies?

They may be after aphids, so check that the young leaves aren't being attacked by greenfly.


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 18:51

Not for me FG - the original gets bigger, but still upside down (PC, IE10).  What device and browser are you using to view the site?  It would be nice to know so we can get to the bottom of this weirdness!  Some images contain 'EXIF' data which is extra information about the image that some cameras/phones add and includes rotation information - my guess is that different things interpret it differently.  Like all techie things, all manufacturers think their own interpretation of a 'standard' is the right one (so they are usually all wrong!)


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 18:41

Carwyn, this site doesn't allow attachments - use the little green tree icon to upload photos.


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 18:38

If you have a PC, get Irfanview (free), rotate and SaveAs jpg (choose 75% quality)


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 19:17

I think you're right suspecting squirrels.  Not much you can do.  Dogs or cats will chase them away, but netting is usually useless against them.  Sweetcorn freezes very well, so if they are ready to eat, pick the lot and freeze them.

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