The mighty mystery vine that came up in the compost pile earlier this spring has turned out to be a pumpkin. It is growing over, under, around and through the fences and there are fruits of various shapes and sizes scattered over the vines. It is in a bit of a decline now, but I still hope to have the most sincere pumpkin patch come Halloween. 🙂
Here is the vine in its prime.
The leaves are huge. (I do not have small hands.)
One of many small pumpkins on the vines.
This pumpkin was hidden amongst the leaves until recently.
It is about 9 inches long and the largest so far.
Some of the pumpkins are starting to change color.
Once the fruit started appearing, the vines began dying back. I think the squash bugs invaded when it started blooming. I have seen a few and have been picking them off and killing them. I am trying to garden without pesticides.
I will post again once the pumpkins are ready for harvest. I also have pumpkin vines on the other side of the garden that I planted. I will add these to the next update.
Late this winter I started seeds in the house. I planted some of my favorite vegetables and flowers. The seedlings were looking great, but as time passed, I realized that I had started them too early. They did not get enough light and were just very unhappy plants. ( this photo is before their unhappy demise)
During this time we also decided to make a proper garden area. This involved bringing in soil and installing fencing. We are on limestone which made digging holes for the fence posts a challenge, but we persevered, and in a short while we had a garden site. The soil is not perfect and we are adding organic matter to it as we go. One area is doing great. It was the old compost area and has our mystery squash growing in it.
I also decided to take a chance and get some plants in the ground early. Historically, the last frost date is around March 20. I planted the garden February 26, 2017. It was a risky decision, but I was optimistic because we had a mild winter. I also had very early spring fever and wanted to see growing things.
This is the first photo I took on February 26, 2017. I planted seeds and plants.
This is a view from our porch.
We were lucky and there were no freezing temperatures for the remainder of the winter or early spring. The photo below is from April 09, 2017.
This is the garden layout. Click the image to enlarge the photo. There are labels to indicate what the plants are.
We are already getting some vegetables.
Dragon Pepper – Cayenne
Sweet Million cherry tomatoes
Hopefully we continue to have good luck with this years garden. Updates on the mystery squash next month.