it's that time of year

it's that time of year

a middle tennessee garden blog

finding beauty in the natural things around us makes for one happy self and a lovely life. ~marmee

dash home farm, leiper's fork, tennessee

Monday, August 23, 2010

my own lil' pumpkin patch

i was finally able to get some pumpkin seeds in the ground.
i have always wanted a pumpkin patch for the kids and i
to pick our own pumpkins for decorating and baking.

i planted cucurbita maxima otherwise known as big max.
the package says...grow the biggest jack~o~lantern in your
neighbourhood! may reach 100 lbs. also good for pies and
canning. there were 11 potentially 1,100 lbs worth of
pumpkin flesh. how exciting.
i got a really late start on this but thanks to my son, david
and daddio...who tilled this ground about 4 times, i now have
at least the start of a pumpkin patch.
hopefully we will have a late frost and i can have some
of my own pumpkins from the garden.

i will keep you posted.


Robin's Nesting Place said...

I had accidental pie pumpkins this summer. They grew on my compost pile. Unfortunately they ripened too early and I have four pumpkins in my kitchen. I'm not quite ready for that much fall yet!

Susie said...

I hope you get big, big pumpkins this fall girl.

Lisa said...

How exciting, and I'm jealous! Can't wait to see those big pumpkins though.

I can't wait to make pumpkin pie; hoping there will be some at our farmers market. Maybe I can trade some bread for a pumpkin or two!

Lisa Q

marmee said...


i always have something unknown growing on our compost pile too. i rescued a bleeding heart from the pile in the spring. pumpkins and fall are synonymous. i am looking forward to the cooler evenings of fall.
happy last days of summer.

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i will definitely let you know if i get some big ones.
happy last days of summer.

marmee said...


i am sure someone will exchange your wonderful bread for your pumpkins. that would be a good deal for them.
happy last summer days.

Lola said...

I hope you get lots of pumpkins for your pies & such.
I had 1 little one that came up volunteer this Spring. Of course it was way too early for them. Sadly it rotted as a result of laying on the dirt as it grew. We had some hard rains at that time.
Maybe I'll try much later to get some here. Next yr. Old knee didn't let me do what I wanted too. Takes time to heal from surgery.

Meems said...

Oh, Marmee,
This is going to be so nice. To have your own pumpkin patch! You have so much room to plant and allow them to sprawl! It will be a good recompense for what you missed this summer. Sweet days, dear sister!
hugs, Meems

marmee said...


i hope you are recovering well from your surgery...healing does take time. i too have had those volunteers on the compost. it is always interesting to watch what they do.
maybe next yr you and i will get a jump on the pumpkin season and plant when we should.
happy last days of summer.

marmee said...


let's hope so. i layered on some good compost and our huskey thinks it is his new digging ground. i just don't know about this whole gardening adventures with so many dogs around. i really need to only plant in fenced in areas. one day i will learn that enough animals is enough...i feel i am on the precipice. it's only taken a half of a century.
here's to the last days of summer.