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Friday, July 27, 2012

Farm Friday - Punkins

I planted something new-to-me this year.


I have this stone wall that I usually plant annuals by, but then I don't keep up with the weeding and it looks like an embarassing jungle.

So I thought, pumpkins grow all rambly and viney, so if I plant them by the stone wall, it'll still look like a jungle, but like it's supposed to be a jungle.

There is a difference.

I planted them late, so I don't know if I'll have mature pumpkins before we get hit with frost, but I'm hopeful we'll have something. Kids can paint them, we can set them on the porch, we can feed them to the chickens.

It's all good.

Fingers crossed!


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  1. Hi Anne, I love pumpkins, and the fall, and THAT is a great idea. It will look perfect. My horses love pumpkin to eat and there are many good pumpkin recipes out there. I cut a few up and froze them last year. I made pumpkin turkey chowder a few times during the year this year with it. It is wonderful!
    Looks like you will have plenty. Maybe your kids will want to make one of those midevil boulder throwers and load the pumpkins on it and have a war! If that happens my boy is all IN on that:) Happy Friday!

  2. Anne, I like your idea of planting the pumpkins along the stone wall and letting them jungle out. I was working in my MIL's garden last weekend and her pumpkins are taking over the entire site.

    My pumpkins didn't make it. I had high hopes to have something to use and decor and to paint this fall. I may have to ask my MIL if I can have some of her extras.

  3. We grew pumpkins purely by accident a couple of years ago, a volunteer plant just showed up in the garden and we let it do its thing. We got enough pumpkins to let all the kids decorate their own for Halloween, lots of fun for very little effort/money. This year, we have another mystery plant in the garden, we know it's some kind of squash or pumpkin but no fruit the anticipation! I may just start sneaking things into the garden plot each year for fun.

  4. Best wishes with your pumpkins. We will be putting in our hills this weekend.

  5. @Rachelle: you know, I never thought to give some to my horses. I'll have to try that this year. Thanks for the tip!
    @Robyn: I'm hoping we'll have a good crop, I'm just worried b/c I planted them so late. I guess we'll see....
    @Dee: Love the idea of putting a "mystery plant" in the garden and letting kids try to figure out what it is! The first time we ever grew pumpkin, "we" didn't actually grow it -- my pig did! We had fed her the pumpkin guts after carving, and when she pooped out the seeds, pumpkins grew in her manure!! So when I planted them for real this year, I made sure the soil was, er, "well-nourished"!
    @Daisy: Thanks! I'm hopeful....

  6. We are looking forward to pumpkins also.

  7. I picked my first pumpkin this past week! I had planted a few of the seeds I saved from last year just to see if they would come up. In less than two months I had a perfect pumpkin on one and the other vine I planted is loaded! We just tilled up our corn to plant more pumpkins. I'm hoping we'll have a bonafide pumpkin patch by late October!

  8. Fingers crossed you get your first pumpkins before the first frost!

  9. Love that you thought outside the box on this one. I plant squash in some pretty weird places myself! xo

  10. I love pumpkins.Great ideas I hope they ripen before the snow well if you live where it snows or for that matter where it rains. Not here no more:) B

  11. Looks like they are growing well ~ Will be great to have pumpkins as you say ~ ~ thanks, namaste, (A Creative Harbor)

  12. Sounds like a great project for that area!

  13. Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by and chiming in! Sorry for my late reply, I was away from my computer all day. Hope to see you all here again soon!

  14. Thanks for stopping by CountryMommaCooks and linking up at our Saturday Link and Greet Party...hope to see you again tonight : )
    Deana @ CountryMommaCooks



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