Growing Pumpkins The Mountain Woman Way (It Takes A Village)

| 7/24/2010 11:39:05 AM

Red Pine Mountain logoThis post is dedicated to all the women like me who are new to the country, who have not the slightest clue about vegetables and believe they appear magically at the grocery store.

Last year, at the age of 54, I had my first vegetable garden. I made mistakes and learned a lot, and one of the things I learned was I love growing pumpkins. It was so easy. I put them in the ground, left them alone and voila, I had plentiful pumpkins. Okay, now I’m a pumpkin expert. I think I’ll grow giant, exhibition size pumpkins this year. And, yes, I’ll even win first prize at the fair. After all, I’ve got that perfect year of pumpkins behind me.

I searched the internet for seeds and there they were: “Able to produce pumpkins of 800 pounds.” The blue ribbon danced before my eyes. Just a matter of time.

All started well enough. I started the seeds in the greenhouse and they grew daily right before my eyes.

“You have to put them outside. You can’t leave them in the greenhouse any longer.”

“Why?” I asked Mountain Man.

kelly nichols
2/22/2011 7:46:46 AM

we should have quite the collection of pumpkins/gourds near our front steps. We've had so many things come up unexpectedly... I didn't want the gourds and pumpkins in the compost. As the fruit started to rot on our porch I chucked it out near the fence line - it should make for a good privacy crop! We trellis them... fun stuff!

9/17/2010 9:31:52 AM

Googled pumpkin images and was drawn by yours. It looks just like mine. Growing pumpkins for the first time as my 4 year old daughter wanted to plant them. Now I understand the flowers better. Thanks. Your blog really made me smile as well as informing me. Thanks from England!

Mountain Woman
7/30/2010 12:46:07 PM

Wow, Rodeo, that's so cool!!! I had left some pumpkins from last year but maybe the deer ate them? No pumpkin sprouts from their old resting place. I'd love some mutant pumpkins. What a Halloween treat! And carving names into them while they are growing. Wow, you are so full of neat ideas for celebrating my favorite holiday. Thanks so much!

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