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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Killer pumpkins take over garden

It started innocently enough. A couple years ago, shortly after Halloween, we put our moldy old pumpkins in the garden to compost.
Last year, amidst our tomatoes and lettuce, we discovered a squash vine. It took us a few weeks to connect this intruder with our mushy Jack-O-Lanterns from the year before.

That renegade vine yielded two cute little pumpkins. Perfect. One for each of our cute little pumpkins, Mo and Curly.

So last year, around the time we were packing up Mo's garbage truck costume and pulling the fake cobwebs from our shrubs, we put another batch of molding pumpkins to rest in our meager backyard garden.

This spring I planted basil, parsley and broccoli. I found it oh-so-cute to discover not just one but a few little pumpkin vines in the corners of the garden.

But then they grew. And grew. And grew.

They snaked their way through the basil. Mowed right over the parsley. And my broccoli? Choked to death!

This year, we don't have a garden, we have an all out pumpkin patch. And if every one of those bright orange blossoms turns into a pumpkin, we might just open a road-side stand. So much for selling lemonade, guys, we're hawking pumpkins this year!

Check it out:


  1. Forget the roadside stand... let people come "pick their own."

  2. Ha ha ha! Pick your own, I love it!

  3. Haha! I haven't had much time for gardening this summer, so I let all last year's crops grow willy-nilly or die at their leisure. The result? Strawberries are hardy little suckers that have taken over our garden in the same way your pumpkin patch has turned monster in yours! At least I like strawberries!

    You'll have plenty of squash for pie this Thanksgiving...

  4. That looks like a lot of pumpkin blossoms!


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