Pumpkin Progress

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!

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