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.