Pumpkins: A garden favorite since 2004
Back in ’04, my then-three year old son accidentally spilled some squirrel food. We swept up most of the seeds, scooped them into the feeder, and brushed the rest into the soil. Somehow those scattered seeds avoided detection, and before we knew it we had two sunflowers and five pumpkins growing among the plants.
Little did we know then that those scattered seeds would lead to a pumpkin-growing tradition. We’ve had a crop every year since.
Since we love Halloween, this is the perfect plant for us. It serves as part of our summer’s entertainment watching them grow. We harvest the plants, then collect and dry the seeds. My talented husband meticulously carves and displays them for the 150 trick-or-treaters that grace our doorstep each year. Left-over pumpkins return to the garden where a few of them rot back into the soil. Who knows what will pop up the following season. We hedge our bets with additional seeds from Harris Seed company selecting five or six varieties.
A sample of our pumpkins through the years: