The Great Pumpkin Patch (or not)

Last October I decided to plant my pumpkin seeds from my little cheeky pumpkin, Sweetie Pie, that was given to me to carve. I do not have a farm therefore I planted them in a small 4 x 2 area in the backyard. It was my first pumpkin planting and I had no clue what I was doing or what to expect. My first mistake was planting them too closely together but after discovering the huge foliage that appeared back in March, I was certain I had scored big and would soon be running an orange globe with plenty of pumpkin spice lattes enough to put Starbucks out of business

As my beautiful, healthy, glorious pumpkin vines began to grow it somehow motivated my thoughts to enlarge my territory for my new pumpkin business that would soon make me the envy of all farmers especially when they put my face on Forbes after becoming the Pumpkin Capital of the world. Don’t laugh just yet because little becomes much for those who believe. However, my little has become too much to the point it’s overgrowing on my patio and needs some serious pruning and it doesn’t look like I’ll be transforming one of my pumpkins into Cinderella’s coach anytime soon. But I am digging (not literally) the blossoms I found early this morning in my teeny tiny patch. The male blooms resembled little happy stars that only lasted for a few hours of which I found quite interesting and very lovely yet sad because the need of bees at this point was a let-down for the blooms

Then shortly after revisiting my patch, I discovered a teeny tiny gourd, the first fruit of my labor to be harvested later this fall. The little green nugget brought a smile from ear to shining ear but being that my vines are almost completely devoid of fruit, I figure the problem to be pollination or the lack of it. I need bees! The blooms need bees to come and do their business while the male blooms are calling and females are waiting. The bees help by moving pollen from male to female thus beginning the growth of many sweetie pies as I like to call them. Did you know these flowers are edible?

The little green round swelling in the photo above is my miniature, immature pumpkin. One day soon, it will be the delight of my backyard and bring some much needed color to the patch and let’s don’t forget all those wonderful pumpkin flavored everything recipes we all love. But if you’re me, you enjoy pumpkin pies and shakes all year round and pay no attention to those who tell you it’s too early for those pumpkin pleasures. We certainly don’t need that kind of negativity in our lives. I love my little pumpkin patch and can’t wait to blog about the harvest…

After finishing my blog, I went outside to pull weeds and prune and found a little gem hiding beneath the greenery. It’s actually an older pumpkin I didn’t know was growing and I didn’t want to leave him out. So this is my edit to this post….Be blessed

8 Replies to “The Great Pumpkin Patch (or not)”

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    On that note. I will place my order for the first ton from your crop now xxx

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