Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ten Little Pumpkins

Today was the first day of the pumpkin harvest 
for 2011.  I plucked and hauled home 10 little
engraved pumpkins.

As in past years, the gray/ green varieties are
the first to mature.
The engraved design- up close 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Harvest Blessings Pumpkin

                                            I am really liking how this pumpkin is looking---Gophers Stay Away!!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Farming- It's always Something......

They say 'farming is not for wimps' and now I know why.
After many years of growing pumpkins I am starting 
to sing that country song,  It's Always Something.
  This year was no exception.  We started the
 season with seed that was not viable.  The worst 
varieties had 0% germination.  I ran around to all the 
hardware stores grabbing what seed I could find and
replanted the worst areas.  The germination problem
was followed by a massive invasion of beetles
 (not the British kind) that loved dining on the
young sprouts.  Some survived while others
 were reduced to little green stumps.  With
 cooler than normal temps, the remaining plants
sputtered along trying to gain some momentum and 
finally decided to try and bloom and set fruit even 
though it didn't feel like summer.  The end 
result: way fewer large sized pumpkins.  But 
the happy ending to this sad little pumpkin tale is
the small pumpkins and squash seem to be  doing
really well!  God always provides exactly what
I need and I look forward to the Harvest in just
a few weeks.