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Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere

October 23rd, 2017

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I now grow my cucurbits (specifically pumpkins) in my compost pile (more on this method here). I learned of this method from the book ‘Gardens of Plenty’ by Marylynn Abbott and gave it a try. It worked beautifully and I have been utilizing this method ever since. If you remember, I saw this method in action in the garden she wrote about in this book when I visited the gardens at the Hagley Museum. This year, my pumpkins were grown in the giant compost piles I made last fall. I planted four vines figuring I’d get a pumpkin or two from each.


They grew like champs and quickly took over the compost pile and the lawn nearby (which wasn’t really a big deal because I wanted to get rid of the lawn to expand the garden. When the vines died back I noticed how many pumpkins were there.

After cutting all the pumpkins and carting them down to the house, I counted them up. There were 30 pumpkins, the smallest are fairly large, the largest pumpkins are HUGE and very heavy.

Now we have pumpkins sitting here, there, and everywhere throughout the house. The goal is to cure them a bit, so they will store better and be sweeter for eating. There is a pile of pumpkins in the office behind me, a pile on each side of the front porch, they are piled in the kitchen under the table, and on either side of the dresser in the dining room.



Some of them are also being used as fall decor by the front door, these will be cooked and fed to the chickens. Most likely, this winter, as I cook a pumpkin for us to eat, the birds will get at least half of it. There are so many pumpkins we could never begin to eat them all. Add to their numbers the glut of butternut squash I ended up with as well and we won’t be lacking vitamin A this winter.

What did you have a glut of this year? Do you grow pumpkins?

Hello Fall

October 3rd, 2013

Up until this week, it hasn’t really felt like fall.  It’s warm this week, but the leaves are changing and the temperature drops sharply when night falls.  The leaves are changing and some are even brown and falling to the earth already.  Add to that the pumpkins that dot the roadside stands and it’s really feeling like fall.
Pumpkins 1
Pumpkins 2
There are no pumpkins gracing my front stoop yet, perhaps I should buy a few. I really enjoy seeing them everywhere this time of year!

What’s your favorite fall decoration?

The Pumpkin Patch

June 24th, 2008

This year I decided to try to grow some pumpkins. Hopefully they will be gracing my front porch this fall. I planted Ghost Rider Pumpkins. I don’t have a ton of room for the rambling pumpkin vines, so I decided to use the hillside by the garage, it used to be planted in honeysuckle. I’m hoping I will have a bounty of pumpkins!

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