|Flowers on our front garden pumpkins.|
This is our first season growing pumpkins. We're trying to grow only things that we will eat. Now, I've eaten plenty of pumpkin pie (especially with whipped cream on top) but I can't say it is something I think about if I go grocery shopping. Our hope is that we'll be able to use the pumpkins for Halloween jack-o-lanterns, pies, bread and gift giving (another goal this year is to give handmade gifts only.)
|One lonely bush surrounded by pumpkins.|
This is an exerpt from the SeedForSecurity website: "Our Sugar pumpkin was chosen because it is sweet and small enough size to cook and serve for one meal. Field pumpkins are mostly for decoration, and take up a lot of garden space. Summer squash is nice, but Winter squash and Pumpkins keep for months."
Another site tells this interesting tale: "Ten weeks after planting, the first flowers suddenly appear between leaves and tendrils. Each flower blooms for only one day. They start to unfurl just before dawn, and during a four hour period, they open into luxurious velvet bowls. By mid-day, they are on a slow course of folding in on themselves; and by dusk, they are sealed forever." Wow! Talk about the importance of stopping to smell the roses...er... pumpkin blooms.
More information regarding MY specific pumpkins (and squash) are on THIS page. I can't wait to get home and see my "luxurious velvet bowls!" Gardening has certainly opened my eyes to the landscape around me. Used to be that the only time I really paid attention to something in my landscape was when I was setting the automatic water timer. Now Wifey and I routinely walk around outside together, looking at our garden, and pointing and smiling. Who knew gardening toward better self sufficiency could be so much fun? Not me.