The Great Pumpkin


Every time I see pumpkins when we are out and about I get even more excited to plan a pumpkin patch for next Spring. I have already decided I will keep the vegetable garden small and really focus on a proper pumpkin patch. I’m going to try and grow as many varieties as I can, and see what does best. I have started ordering seed catalogs, but would love to know if there a company you love?

garden report Sept/Oct






Here are some photos of garden harvest from September and October. Tomatoes are still abundant, I am thinking five plants was a bit much as I keep having to give away buckets full. I know I could can some sauce, but I don’t really have a day (or experience) to dedicate to it right now. The pumpkins are doing well, I had some new ones start growing at the beginning of October, so I keep on checking on those fellas each day. The sunflowers have all been picked over by the birds, but the flowers still look so pretty in their withered state. We only grew one tiny watermelon. It was adorable, and smelled great when we cut it open. But as you can see it was mostly filled with seeds. All in all I’d say I am still very happy with my little garden.

Garden Report: Tomatoes



The garden is simply out of control at this point, it no longer looks pretty. Our lawn mower is being difficult and the pumpkins are spread all over making it impossible to mow the grass anywhere near the garden, for fear I’ll run one over. So the garden has over grown grass all over it, cucumbers growing all crazy town. But besides looking ugly the garden is giving me gorgeous tomatoes day after day! I planted five different varieties and all but one of them have been ripening up really nicely. The other day I made two loaded tomato quiche, and have been using lots for sandwiches, but at this rate it is time for me to start checking for recipes. I am thinking a nice tomato soup or chili would use up a bunch. Do you have a garden? If so I’d love to see photos so please link any you have. I’ve already signed up for a bunch of seed catalogs to begin arriving this winter so I can plan next years garden.

Garden Report

Time for an update on the garden! Take a look back first at this photo just a few weeks ago, holy moly things have changed! The photo above shows the garden with out one weeks worth of growth between photo #1 and #2.
And here is the garden today! You can barely see the box frames or the mulch in the front area. The tomato plants are huge, most of them coming up to my chest. All of the squash, watermelon, and cucumbers are spilling out with crazy vines going everywhere! Its all pretty exciting!
All of the sad-cart perennials I bought on clearance are looking amazing, $3 very well spent.

So far I have been able to harvest a few zucchini, yellow squash, and cucumbers. But of course I am most excited for the tomato & pumpkins. I hope to be able to post again in a few weeks with some watermelons and maybe some pumpkins taking shape.

Garden Report

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I am super proud of this year’s garden & the back yard really. Our previous dog Muffin would dig up anything and everything you tried to plant in the yard and run around with it like it was great fun. He even did it with rose bushes. Before he passed away we ended up putting in a little metal fenced garden to keep him out of the fruits and veggies at least, but didn’t plant much in the back besides a magnolia tree.
Sirius on the other hand could care less about plants, so this year I decided to take down the fenced garden and start something new.
One Thursday Tom and I went to Lowes so we could get a ceiling fan for him to install and lumber for me to build my raised garden beds. I already knew in my mind what I wanted to do, and it seemed like it would be quick but it took me the same amount of time to make a box as it did for him to install the fan. Now you’ll have to picture this but originally I built the box so it was “two boxes high”. Just invasion the boxes you see above stacked on top of one another. Once I started going out and getting garden soil to fill the thing (and thinking about how much nicer two big garden boxes might be) I took our handy Christmas tree saw out into the yard and sawed the whole thing in half. I was really just sawing those little pieces of wood in the four corners, but oh my gosh it was quite the workout. Now that I had two boxes I could spread out the soil between them, and I was very happy that I wasn’t going to need to make yet another trip out to get more. Besides the garden beds I moved some cement blocks we already had again the wall and filled them with a mix of herbs and sunflowers. I am hoping these being up against the wall will help cut down on weeds growing in there. I still need to get a few more cement blocks to go the whole way across.
I had been super eager to get all of our seedlings into the ground. We had so many pumpkins so I planted a few along each edge and the rest went into the yard along the fence line.
One day when I was picking up mulch to go around the garden I noticed Lowes had all these sad looking perennials on the discount cart for $3 each. The same ones that they were selling for $12.99. Some of them didn’t even look so bad! I bought nine of them and planted them along an ugly cement wall. Most of our yard is fence we had installed, but one portion of the back/side area meets up with a neighbors building. They’ve only been planted for a week or so, but they are doing wonderfully! Also I realized you can see my pathetic bruised toe that I knocked over a plastic shelf onto last winter. Who needs nail polish?
Besides the garden we have also planted this year wisteria along the back fence, two lilac bushes, a butterfly bush, and a little maple tree that we relocated as it was growing up by the fence. I’ll do a garden update in a few weeks to let you know how very over crowded the boxes are becoming and a check in on the sad-cart flowers.