Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Accidental Pumpkins

This year we planted a garden.

First time ever as a family. Or me as an adult. Or Jason as an adult. Or Jena ever.

Our simple little garden, just beans and corn, didn't yield one good vegetable.

Well, I take that back. The beans did really well, we saw that they were almost ready, didn't check for a couple of days, and by the time we got back to them most of them were already bad. Bad gardeners.

We do not have a green thumb.

For some reason the corn never grew bigger than about 3 - 4 feet, at the tallest. No real ears to speak of. Not sure what happened there.

But... last fall our neighbors had a pumpkin they had used as Autumn decor begin to rot. They decided to discard it by throwing it into the woods on the border of our two properties.

This year, this happened:

It's kinda hard to tell from the picture, but this thing starts about 3 - 4 feet into the woods, and extends 20+ feet out onto the grassy area of our front property. It's the largest pumpkin vine I've ever seen outside of an actual pumpkin patch. The deer have eaten most of the baby pumpkins, but they missed one, and we've got a big one growing. Jena's excited about having her very own jack o'lantern from our own pumpkin vine this year.

So the lesson I've learned is this: don't plan your garden or attempt to tend to it. Just throw some seeds out and see what happens. Ha!

As always, thanks for checking in!


Melissa said...

LOL I have almost that same story. We built "tater condos" this year, attempting to grow potatoes vertically in wooden boxes. We used dirt from our compost bin and before the potatoes sprouted, tomato plants started growing. I dug those up and planted them in the garden and we've been getting some tomatoes from them, but none from the tomatoes I sprouted/planted on purpose.
A few days ago we walked down and checked in one of the "tater condos" and had a couple full size cucumbers!

PS, don't give up on the gardening. We've been at it 4 or 5 years now, and still have more failures than successes, but it makes for some funny stories and we learn something new every year.
Some of my best summertime childhood memories is "helping" in my Grannie's garden(s). Hopefully by the time I'm a Grannie I'll have this gardening thing figured out, lol.

Marianne said...

Better grab that big pumpkin soon - the deer will still eat it. They like to stomp on them and eat the inside.

Amber said...

Isn't that always how it works. Best laid plans of mice and men. LOL. Good post.

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