Saturday, October 3, 2009

Home Grown Harvest

Like every other year, the boys wanted to plant pumpkins. Unlike every other year, they actually thought about it early enough in the season that we could do it!

But pumpkins take up a lot of space, so using our own backyard garden wasn't feasible. It was much more fun to plant about ten seeds in grandma's dahlia patch/vegetable garden. Grandma and Grandpa share this patch with their neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Hunt. There's been a bounty crop of Roma tomatoes (and since neither my mom nor Mrs. Hunt do any canning, I took my fair share and more off their do some canning), and there are three Hubbard Squash that look like "something out of invasion of the body snatchers," according to Sean. They'll be harvested in the next week or so, if they don't hatch first.

But back to the pumpkins. We planted some Giant Pumpkins, and some of the Jack-o'-Lantern variety. Today, we harvested three Giants, and nine Jack-o'-Lanterns. There are five more Jack-o'-Lanterns that need to "orange up" a bit more, but we'll be back for them. We were all ready to share with Mrs. Hunt and my mom, but Mrs. Hunt very effectively talked us into taking home two Giants and seven Jack-o'-Lanterns. Now to come up with a theme for the carving...

As for pictures...we forgot the camera. But I did have my phone, which takes incredibly bright, low quality pictures. I played around with the color since the pictures were pretty bad anyway...sorry if I hurt your eyes!

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