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Uninvited Guest (or three or four)

Posted by silvergirl426 z5 (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 27, 10 at 19:18

I had some uninvited guests this year via the compost. I can't say that come October this one was unwelcome. I'd never planted pumpkins before! (not enough room) Especially among the fairy roses. But I let this one do its thing all summer, getting bigger and more outsize in the front slope bed. And then when it was big and orange I picked it. Happy (surprise) Halloween!

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  • Posted by claire z6b Coastal MA (My Page) on
    Wed, Oct 27, 10 at 20:59

What a lovely gift from the compost! It looks like it belongs there (I like orange and pink).

Are you going to try to repeat it next year? Maybe one of the little white ones....


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How pretty! A perfect pumpkin in the perfect spot. What a nice Halloween surprise!

Two years ago I composted a bunch of gourds from a display at work. My new lasagna bed became a big punkin patch, lol. I let everything go just to see what would happen. I had so many gourds! I actually brought them in to make a display at work - what goes around...

Anyway, after that I decided not to compost any more gourds, lol. It was fun, but it took up way too much room. I still do compost my pumpkins, but there are fewer of them than the gourd display, and I try to pull them out in spring if they sprout. If I could be guaranteed a beautiful pumpkin like you got I might just leave one or two to grow....


RE: Uninvited Guest (or three or four)

What a perfect pumpkin you grew! I'm with Claire; I love orange and pink in combination.

I haven't grown pumpkins since we gave up growing a vegetable garden about 20 years ago, but I'm digging a small patch to plant corn, a hill of pumpkins, sunflowers and a short row of carrots for the old pony next summer. (After driving from farm stand to farm stand in search of corn stalks to decorate our front porch, I resolved to grow my own next year!) Anyways I plan to save seeds from my halloween pumpkins when they start to disintegrate, or after halloween, whichever comes first.

Thanks for posting the photo. It's inspiring me to go back outdoors and resume digging!

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