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Pumpkin Progress

August 14, 2011

Early this summer I wrote a post called Pumpkins in June? in which I described how we were about to embark on our first attempt to plant pumpkins in the backyard. The post (which just so happened to be Freshly Pressed – thank you, WordPress) featured City Farmers Nursery, which sponsors this annual pumpkin-growing contest for kids.

It’s been about two months since we planted the pumpkin seeds in a small corner of our backyard, and pumpkin-picking season is about six weeks away. Take a look and see how we’re doing.

It’s so exciting to see the progress. Every day, Sophie, Bryan and I run outside to see how the squash are growing. I swear they grow an inch every day. The yellow flowers are where the pumpkins will sprout. We’ve counted about 30 flower buds so far. Needless to say, I don’t think we’ll be buying our jack-o-lanterns this Halloween.

All it took were a few seeds, a small patch of soil in the yard, and we water them 3 – 4 times per week. It’s truly amazing how these have grown! We’ve been so inspired by these pumpkins that we’re now ready to grow many more vegetables in our backyard. Thank you, City Farmers Nursery, for opening our eyes to pumpkin growing.

Stay tuned for the rest of pumpkin progress and the final product!

48 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2011 11:17 pm

    How exciting, looking good! Can’t wait to see when the pumpkins come out!

    • August 15, 2011 1:06 pm

      I’m sure we’ll have a ton if you’d like one.

  2. August 15, 2011 3:54 am

    You’ll have more than you can eat or carve! Good for you!

    • August 15, 2011 1:06 pm

      That’s what we’re realizing! We’ll be carving, cooking and sharing the harvest. I can’t wait!

  3. August 15, 2011 4:01 am

    This is great Leah. We just got back from Tuscany which inspired us to plant in our concrete back yard. Mike bought pots and did a tomato plant, a squash plant, some herbs and strawberries to start. Your photo progression lends us encouragement and anticipation for the end product. Thanks for sharing!

    • August 15, 2011 1:07 pm

      That’s so great your trip inspired your gardening. There’s something about growing your own food that is just so fulfilling.

  4. August 15, 2011 4:37 am

    Looks great! I LOVE the picture of your little farmer! I bet she grows taller every day, too! I can’t wait to see the picture of her face when she picks that pumpkin!

    • August 16, 2011 10:43 pm

      Yes, she does grow tall, nearly as much as those pumpkins!

  5. August 15, 2011 6:14 am

    So cool! Can’t wait to see the finished product. I know Sophie will be so proud and that’s really awesome!

    • August 16, 2011 10:43 pm

      I can’t wait either! Sophie is so excited.

  6. August 15, 2011 6:32 am

    I love your pumpkin documentation! You should see our patch; I’m pretty sure some smurf-gremlins have made a home underneath the massive vines and petals. Ours are mini-pumpkins, so they won’t grow to nearly the size of yours!

    I look forward to seeing what you will be doing with your pumpkins come fall!

    • August 16, 2011 10:44 pm

      I’d love to see photos of your pumpkin patch too! I think ours are the Big Mac variety, which probably explains why they’re so huge already.

  7. August 15, 2011 6:33 am

    It’s so much fun to look back & see the progress of a garden! Can’t wait to see more pics showing the final results!

  8. August 15, 2011 9:19 am

    This is awesome! I would totally grow pumpkins if I had a yard. It’s amazing the progress they’ve made only aftert a few months! Almost ready for fall. I am now craving everything pumpkin :p

    • August 16, 2011 10:45 pm

      Me too. I’m counting down the days until autumn! I’ll save a pumpkin for you.

  9. August 15, 2011 9:23 am

    I can’t wait to see what recipes you’ll share. And I know your carved pumpkins will be spectacular!

    • August 16, 2011 10:46 pm

      We will have many carved pumpkins this year. And I better start getting pumpkin recipes together!

  10. August 15, 2011 9:50 am

    Just looking at your pictures gave me a craving for pumpkin pie! I can’t wait until we’re all settled in on our land, and I can experiment with all of the plants you and Julia have been harvesting. I’ve learned so much from you both!

    • August 16, 2011 10:47 pm

      Thanks, Jolina. I can’t wait to see what you end up growing. After these pumpkins and seeing Julia’s garden, all I want to do is plant my own veggie garden.

  11. August 15, 2011 10:16 am

    What FUN!! I love how you find joy in the simple things of life. Sophie is soOo lucky!!:) And so are we!

  12. August 15, 2011 11:02 am

    You know what I am waiting for? Is for you to cook those pumpkins and share the recipes with us 🙂

    • August 16, 2011 10:48 pm

      Very true. I need to start hunting for pumpkin recipes and you can be sure I will share them!

  13. August 15, 2011 11:39 am

    Documenting changes is such a wonderful teaching tool. When those changes hit the taste buds it is the literal ‘icing on the cake’ and the teaching moment is sealed. Bravo!!

    • August 16, 2011 10:48 pm

      I love how you described that teaching moment! And it’s so true. To me the process of documenting is almost as fun as watching them grow.

  14. August 15, 2011 11:52 am

    Love this. What a great idea.

    • August 16, 2011 10:49 pm

      Thanks! We’re so excited with the progress.

  15. August 15, 2011 12:22 pm

    Beautiful pumpkin plants!! I am so envious because all our squash got a powdery mildew that we’ve been treating but have drastically cut our crop 🙁 I think you might be surprised how quickly the pumpkins may grow — are there any little ones yet? This is such a wonderful idea and I love the daily checks; such fun!

    • August 16, 2011 10:49 pm

      Actually, yes! We have our first squash growing now! It’s a tiny green pumpkin. I can’t believe how fun this is. Sorry your patch didn’t quite make it. But the rest of your garden is wonderful.

  16. August 15, 2011 12:50 pm

    How I envy you your glorious patch of squash. I tried growing them last year and it was a disaster, too wet and cold here.

    • August 16, 2011 10:50 pm

      We tried growing pumpkins many years ago and it was a disaster. Guess it just takes the right plot, water and temperature. Thanks for commenting.

  17. August 15, 2011 1:11 pm

    Careful, or you’ll become addicted to gardening! It’s such fun to watch a seed sprout into something wonderful. Just like our story ideas that begin with a seed, and after germination, take on lives of their own.

    My desert gardening attempts have been pretty futile thus far. I had rock squirrels steal my cherry tomatoes before I could eat them, then something (still a mystery) gnawed at the bottom of stem of both of my pepper plants (which had lovely little peppers on them), felling them like trees at a beaver dam. Not good! Oh – then there were the tiny birds that liked to peck their beaks into the tomatoes simply to get the moisture out… destroying my tomatoes. Will try again at some point! Maybe in the courtyard area of our new house.

    • August 16, 2011 10:52 pm

      I think we already are addicted! I’m obsessed with wanting to grow all things veggie and herb in the yard. Sorry your gardening attempts haven’t gone too well this year. We tried planting fruit trees years ago and it always seemed the rodents would get the fruit before us. Now that we have a cat, though, we don’t have that problem anymore!

  18. August 15, 2011 1:16 pm

    This is so awesome. You are going to have so much fun carving and roasting pumpkin seeds. What a gift for your family. Your daughter’s smile says it all!!

    Our daughter and I have been inspired to plant a fall garden of carrots, broccoli and collard greens after reading Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson.

    xoxo michele

    • August 16, 2011 10:52 pm

      Thanks, Michele. I have to check out the Rabbit Hill book. I’m sure my daughter will love it too. I’ll be sure to share the pumpkin recipes too.

  19. August 15, 2011 2:06 pm

    Looks like your gardeners have some really green thumbs. Can’t wait to see the fruits of their labors. 🙂

    • August 16, 2011 10:53 pm

      Yes, I think they have the magic touch! Can’t wait for the orange pumpkins to start appearing.

  20. August 15, 2011 2:56 pm

    Such a great experience for Sophie and the whole family! So rewarding! Thanks again for sharing your life with us.

    • August 16, 2011 10:54 pm

      Thank you for reading my life! I truly appreciate it.

  21. kristinav permalink
    August 15, 2011 6:42 pm

    Can I preorder a pumpkin? 😉 That’s awesome that you are growing pumpkins!

    • August 16, 2011 10:54 pm

      YES! I’ll save one for you. Isn’t this great, especially knowing how much I love Halloween?!

  22. August 16, 2011 7:48 am

    Leah, I can’t believe how much the pumpkin patch has evolved! I cannot wait to see the final product! What fun for Sophie to carve out pumpkins this Halloween which she helped grow! 🙂

    • August 16, 2011 10:55 pm

      Thanks, Bella. Isn’t it amazing? We love seeing what we helped create. Can’t wait to share with the rest of you.

  23. August 16, 2011 4:36 pm

    Wow! It looks so easy! I want to try this with my daughter. How fun would it be to pick your pumpkins from your own backyard?! You could have a pumpkin patch party for all the little kiddos in your life. I can’t wait to see how this turns out. Thank you for your nice comments on my blog last week. I’d love to meet sometime.


    • August 16, 2011 10:56 pm

      Oh, I LOVE that idea for a pumpkin patch Halloween party! Great idea. It was really easy, so much more than we expected. And yes, lets meet in person sometime soon.

  24. August 24, 2011 8:45 pm

    Hey,nice post. I love jewelry, especially Pandora Jewelry


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