We Will Soon Have Pumpkins!

Early last month I planted some pumpkin seeds. This year has been my very first year of doing any sort of gardening at all, now that I have a yard and the space to do it, so I have pretty much just been winging it. I’m a hands-on learner, so I figure that by next year I’ll have some idea of what I am doing. After three small sprouts came up, I ended up moving them from one side of the yard, where they were planted in the small garden I had set up and in close proximity to other plants, to the other side of the yard, where there was nothing. I had completely overlooked the fact that pumpkin vines take over very large areas of land. After I moved them, I got a little paranoid that they were going to die, so I checked on them several times a day and I also may or may not have sat in the yard talking to them. Thankfully, they did not die, and in very little time, they started to grow. A lot. In fact, in just one month, they went from this:

pumpkin sprouts

To this:

pumpkin flower

Yes, that is a large yellow flower on the vine where a pumpkin will soon begin to grow.

You may be wondering why someone wants to turn half of their yard into a pumpkin patch, so I’ll explain. Between my incredible love of fall and Halloween, we spend a small fortune on pumpkins every year, only to have them rot and be thrown away. The packet of pumpkin seeds I used cost 28 cents; that is a whole lot of money saved. Also, I have never had a pumpkin pie made with real pumpkin before; it has always been the canned stuff. This year, I want to try to make my own homemade pumpkin pie with pumpkins I grew myself. I’m very excited.

pumpkin flower closeup

5 thoughts on “We Will Soon Have Pumpkins!”

  1. This is so cool! I am never able to keep anything alive so to see the pumpkins actually grow is so amazing. Thank you for sharing!


  2. Yay! That will be awesome once they’re full grown! We tried doing tomatoes this year, and have a few. I’m looking forward to the fall foods now as well, thanks for sharing!

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