I find now, in early January that, for this season, I haven't really blogged on the planting of the pumpkins - and yet - here they are. They have sprung from nowhere, apparently.
It must have been hot on this afternoon when I was photographing the pumpkin bed. The rather elephantine leaves look a bit droopy. Pumpkins are so expressive about heat and moisture stress. It really helps the learner gardner - if they droop, water them.
You may also be curious about this plastic bale of sawdust. It was in my husband's shed (about half the garage) and he insisted I bring it down to the garden and use it. We had purchased it for our guinea pigs and bunny but unfortunately we weren't destined to be the kind of people who could keep caged animals. Despite being reluctant to get them, they really grew on me and both children had quite a soft spot for them but alas, fate determined that they would not linger long with us. After three pet deaths we decided - nah - better get another cat instead. Anyway, this bale of sawdust was cluttering up the 'shed' so I plan on using it for mulch instead.
Before the 12 months is over (March 2009)
Pumpkin bed - update late Summer (Feb 2008)
Pumpkin bed - early summer (Dec 2007)
Pumpkin harvest (June 2007)
Check for frosts (April 2007)
Stumbling on melons (February 2007)