Friday, May 15, 2009

PUMPKINS!!!


We have pumpkins!


Ok, ok...I know we don't have "pumpkins" yet.

Not like these anyway...



But we do have this!

Do you see it there?

I know. It's tiny. An itty-bitty, little sprout...

but it's there!


I'm telling you, gardening from seed is seriously gratifying!

Like, when your child receives an award at school, kind of gratifying!

"You did it! Great job! We're so proud of you!"

M-hmm...you're thinking I sound ridiculous, right?

Think what you will, but when my husband came in to tell me that we had a sprout, I jumped up, squealed, clapped, we smiled proudly at each other and then hugged...

Ok, maybe it does sound ridiculous, but I'm trusting that all of you other seed-gardeners can relate!


I suppose I should back up and tell you why I am so shocked and excited about this little pumpkin sprout...

Three weeks ago we decided to make ourselves a pumpkin patch in the back corner of our yard. It was just sitting there as an empty planting bed and after throwing around ideas about what we could turn it into, we decided that a pumpkin patch would be the easiest, cheapest, most maintenance-free option, and come October we would be able to carve our own home grown pumpkins!

Very exciting!

We followed the directions on the back of the seed packet, mounded up the soil and planted 5 seeds into each of the four mounds that we had made.

I made the appropriate sign...

(because every pumpkin patch needs a "PUMPKINS" sign, right?)

And my husband built a little fence to keep the wild animals out.

(ie: our children)

All we had to do was sit back, watch and wait!

That is,

until we started talking to friends and family that had actually grown pumpkins in their backyards before!

What we didn't know was that these pumpkins and their vines were going to take over our yard!

So after much consideration, we decided to take our four mounds and turn them into one. We dug up all of the seeds we had planted, put aside all of those that had begun to sprout and replanted them into one single mound. I thought for sure that since we had disrupted them so much that there was no way we were going to get anything out of them. And not to mention that the seed packet we had was one that we had bought a year ago! My husband tried to convince me that seeds don't expire, but I wasn't so optimistic.

And then, after all of that, there it was! The sprout!

Now you see why I am so excited! We may actually have our own Jack-O-Lanterns to carve!

But until then, we're hoping that thinning it down to one mound means that we can count on significantly less vines to manage once these pumpkins take off on a growth spurt!

And since we were over there digging around anyway, we decided to use the extra space next to the pumpkin patch to plant cantaloupes. My dad had brought over a couple of seed packets, so we figured we would give it a shot.

The fence and rock border were repositioned to stretch all along the front of the new patch.

Here is our pumpkin mound...

All along the back we planted Giant Sunflowers, and in the center we planted a Wild Flower Mix to break up the patches a bit. All of them from seeds...

And here is the cantaloupe mound...

Our "new" pumpkin patch, cantaloupes, sunflowers and wild flowers were all planted on Mother's Day after being served my all-time favorite breakfast and receiving these:


Brought home from school by our 7 year old...

A personalized gift bag:


A personalized votive candle holder...

A hand-painted Butterfly...

And this:

(front)

(back)

How cute is that?

And these from my husband...

Followed by an afternoon of this:



A little bit of day-camping! With all of this rain lately we have to squeeze camping in wherever we can get it, so we drove to Greenwater, made a fire, roasted hot dogs and made S'mores...because it's not camping without the S'mores!

It was a great Mother's Day!


But back to the garden...

Here's a peek into other parts of our crop:

(can we call it a crop? It's tiny. But I think we can!)


Walla Walla Onions


Beets

(which Owen cannot wait for! Crazy kid - someone told him they have sugar in them so he's all about the beets! He's in for a rude awakening!
No offense to all the beet-lovers out there!)


And our Sweet Peas

We grew these last year and had more pea pods than we knew what to do with!

This year we planted even more - they're just so good right off the vine!

Grow, baby, grow!

So, we'll keep our fingers crossed that everything grows just as it should! We also planted carrots, potatoes, rhubarb and strawberries!

Our seven year old walked out onto the deck after we had planted everything and said:

"You know, we could be farmers! We have planted a lot of stuff!"

The image of my husband in overalls and a straw hat, with pitch fork in hand came to my mind...

As I laughed, all I could think to say was:

"Yep! We could be farmers!"

Maybe someday...



4 comments:

Dallin said...

nice work...you have put my 2 tomato plants, 3 green pepper plants, a cucumber and 1 pumpkin (none from seeds) to shame...guess I need a bigger "farm"...

Funky Junk Interiors said...

What a lovely garden! I adore your rock border and pretty fencing! Thanks for some added inspiration for my own little plot!

And your idea of day camping is soooo cool.

Donna

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Pumpkins! How exciting! You did a great job on your garden. I love your personalized gift bag, so sweet.
~Michelle

The Tulip Lady said...

I love that you call this "day camping" had never heard that before. We are moving back to Walla Walla in about six weeks, can't wait to get back to the mountains, wheat fields and vineyards in that beautiful little valley and take my kids out for some day camping.