Pumpkins Out Of Control

| 10/2/2013 9:48:00 PM

Country MoonYou've heard it said time and again that there is just something healing about digging in the dirt. There is a feeling of re-connecting with nature and soothing the soul. I have missed that for too long until this year.

When we first moved to our home 22 years ago, we decided to have a garden the first year. With everything else we had to do I don't know why we decided to tackle this project, but we did. Instead of starting out small, we went whole hog and had a huge garden. Being the perfectionists that Jim and I both are, we were out there every night after work making sure there was not one weed to be seen anywhere.

Then, in August of that year, we got a horrible wind storm and the next morning the whole garden was flat. Jim decided that was enough and we haven't had a garden since even though I begged and pleaded.

Not until this year. Perhaps he got tired of my begging or maybe I convinced him that homegrown is healthier because pesticide use can be controlled. Whatever the reason, he relented and had a neighbor rototill a 6-foot-wide-by-30-foot-long lot on the far side of the flower garden.

Although it didn't seem large enough for what we wanted to grow, we managed to plant eight tomato plants, four cherry tomato plants, beets, carrots, onions, lettuce, okra, peppers, zucchini and pumpkins. We planted the zucchini and pumpkins on either end because we knew they would vine out.

The whole garden was amazing. Everything produced beyond our expectations and luck was on our side as we had no windstorms.

10/3/2013 11:44:56 PM

Lois, a garden can be trying for a perfectionist. I have learned that a garden doesn't really need to be picture perfect and mine usually doesn't. My the end of the season my garden usually looks more out of control than yours. When wind, rain, bugs, disease, and animals come to visit the garden, I just hope there's a little for me to enjoy too. It's just a good thing I don't have to live on what I get from the garden. I'd be pretty skinny. For me it's more of a challenge to see if I can do it. Some years have an abundance and others not so much but every year teaches me a little more about how to coincide in harmony with nature. Have a great fall pumpkin day in the garden.

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