Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Pumpkins are Sprouting! The Pumpkins are Sprouting!

...but I think something's eating them. *sad face* Any ideas on what might be eating my precious Halloween Punkins'?

Pumpkin seedlings - Day 4

This is our first foray into pumpkin I'm sure there is much to be learned. For example...yesterday on PBS Sprout, Dirtgirl (who totally freaks me out) says you can crunch up egg shells and sprinkle around your seedlings to keep snails and slugs away. Huh, who knew? I think they are good as fertilizer too!  I've  heard beer works too - but maybe the slugs just get too tipsy to care about eating sprouts.

I can't believe it's only been 4 days since we planted our seeds!  They came from last year's pumpkins at Nana and Grandaddy's farm.  Thanks Nana!

I'm thinking at the rate they are growing, we'll have the biggest pumpkins in town...look out St. Luke UMC Pumpkin Patch!

Seriously, if we get one decent pumpkin...I'll be THRILLED!  And so will my little dudes.


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Monday, July 25, 2011

Punkin' Patch

It's still 90 plus degrees in Florida, but I can't help think of the cooler weather to come.  About the time summer is winding down, I'm ready for it to be over.  Fall is probably my favorite season of the year.  I love the smells, the breezy weather, the snuggly sweaters, fall festivals and pumpkin pie.  This year we've decided to grow our own pumpkins for Halloween.  I was inspired by the this great Toddler Garden on

We had an old flower bed in the backyard that had been neglected and decided it was the perfect spot for our pumpkins.  After we pulled out all the old stuff, we mixed in some garden soil that we picked up at Lowes.  Our garden is already full of worms, so hopefully they will do their job and keep our garden composted.
Look at this worm..."It's dirty!"

Then we planted the pumpkin seeds...three hills...four seeds each.  I'm going to thin it out once we get sprouts.  The farmers almanac says that July 24th is a barren day.  Let's hope it's wrong!  I added some marigolds for color while we wait patiently for our pumpkins to sprout.

Our little garden is probably too tiny for our pumpkin vines, so I've been doing some research on growing pumpkins vertically.  Check out these pumpkins hanging from a trellis.  I think I'm going to give it a try!

Did you know that pumpkins take 100 days to mature...that makes our harvest date....October 31!  Couldn't be any more perfect.  My only fear?  Look out for falling pumpkins!  Stay tuned for the  pumpkin progress.