Every Halloween, when we carve jack-o-lanterns, we throw some of the pumpkin seeds out in the yard somewhere. Most summers, we have a pumpkin vine as a reward. This year, one grew out of the clay pot we set the jack-o-lantern in. I don't remember there being any seeds, but, apparently, there were!
You know... now that I think about it, I seem to remember Sara-Grace (who has such a green thumb she could grow crops for profit!) asking me if she could put a pumpkin seed in the pot. Figures! I make her do all my seed-handling!
I don't know if I'll really get a pumpkin off this vine but, even if I don't, I love the lush, green, heartiness of it in all its volunteer enthusiasm!
|There's a blossom! Could it be that I might get a pumpkin eventually?|
I planted some butternut squash seeds this year and had one good vine. But the squash beetles killed it -- as usual! They kill my squash EVERY year. I have never had a squash vine survive. This year, I sprinkled cayenne pepper around the vine. It seemed to work at first but the beetles won out in the end.
I hear that autumn squash is more successful so I think I'll try growing some this year. Autumn gardens are a totally new concept to me! I always think I've missed my chance if I haven't planted by May 1. Now I can try again in mid-to-late August! Yay!
You know what amazes this grocery-store-girl about vegetables? You can take the seeds out of a squash or a melon or a pepper and put it in the ground and grown more squash or melons or peppers. This truly amazes me! I know it's kind of obvious but I see it as miraculous!
And, one of the many neat things about it is that it's FREE (except for the water maybe)! Love it!