OK, I’ve got to be quick since I have a three foot high pile of kale sitting in my sink that needs to be tended to. Oy! I’ll be sharing more about how we are preserving/saving our harvest in upcoming posts, but right now we’re in the thick of things so there is little time for blog writing. I can’t wait to share with you the recipes/methods that we are experimenting with now. Especially the gooseberries… oh, the gooseberries.
In the meantime I wanted to quickly share with you pictures of Little Man’s pumpkins (at least a couple of them) that I wrote about in the last post.
This is one of the four main vines trailing off of Little Man’s mystery pumpkin. Note the small chameleon watering can that Little Man was using to “water” the pumpkins. He literally was watering the pumpkins, not the vine body.
This pumpkin is massive! Note the small watering can being dwarfed behind it. Our farmer landlords have already offered us the use of their tractor to move it once it’s ready to be picked… Oh my…
Now back to my mountain of kale. I’ll share more pictures and ideas soon!
My pumpkin vine recently made a bid to take over the world, and it very nearly succeeded. When starting this garden I gave myself the freedom to experiment… aka to mess up big time. I didn’t want to be so worried about the outcome that I would be paralyzed to do anything. Our garden plot is large, so I divided it up into quadrants with a small hill for squash in the center. In the center most part of the squash hill I planted a seedling that Aiden had made from the Easter Festival in downtown Nanaimo. Dave and I call it the mystery pumpkin since neither one of us can remember what the seed was called at the festival.
Here is a picture of the mystery pumpkin seedling when we first planted it in the center hill of the garden. It is the tiny seedling in the top center of the photo.
Please note the small, unassuming mystery pumpkin seeding in the center of the garden.
Now here it is today…
The mystery pumpkin tries to take over the world, starting with the garden.
Where did my lovely paths into the garden go? Oh, yes… They are buried under pumpkin vines.
I started noticing an issue with the pumpkin vine when it got more and more difficult to place the arching sprinkler into my garden patch. The humungous leaves of the vine started blocking the water, so I began pinning leaves down under the sprinkler to give the rest of the garden a chance to get some water. Then I started noticing that half of the garden was disappearing under the ever-encroaching vines.
It was when I woke up one morning from a stress dream about my garden that I realized something needed to be done about the vines. Once again turning to the internet for a solution, I stumbled on the Pumpkin Nook. Using the Pumpkin Nook’s information I attacked the pumpkin vine with a loving vengeance. I pruned more pumpkin vine than I had realized even existed in the garden.
One of Little Man’s pumpkins.
Now that I’ve done some drastic cutting back of the pumpkin vine, it seems to still be trucking along healthily and Little Man daily goes out to check on the progress of his six pumpkins. I can’t wait to see how big they get. And I think I need to start doing a bit of internet research on uses for squash blossoms. What I failed to mention is that on the north side of the pumpkin mound I planted zucchini and on the south side I planted sun burst squash… Yes… Remember that I wanted to experiment? At least I don’t have to worry about not having any garden produce… 😉