It seems that the time has come for picking my last growing babes off the vine, and up from the earth.
I planted seeds in April, watered all spring and summer, and now into early autumn -we pick.
My sign is pitiful, I know :)
I have brought several punkins in over the last couple months, but these are it.
Time to collect...
The last of the season from my lil' big pumpkin patch.
Right in my back garden.
There are a handful in the actual vegetable garden.
Surprise babies in there.
But they are still green and growing.
They came later in the season.
The veggie garden is still being watered, and even though it is technically autumn,
it is in fact still very hot and summer here.
So I am watering everyday, still.
And collecting lots of herbs, cucumbers and tomatoes, still too.
But now, it's time to say good-bye to 2012's pumpkin patch.
Fairytale pumpkins are delicious (below), best for eating they say.
I baked a HUGE one in late winter/spring 2012.
Then pureed it.
Made oodles of pumpkin goodies from it.
Pies and more.
And the seeds inside made this huge baby.
Make sure you save any seeds from the biggest best pumpkins you happen to acquire this year.
Scoop them before you cook the pumpkin, rinse, then dry them on paper towels.
Save in a bag until spring.
Or, save the pumpkin until spring, if it doesn't rot.
That is what I prefer to do.
Taking the seeds straight from inside the pumpkin, to the earth.
It is so exciting, fulfilling and wonderful to grow pumpkins.
Having an extra giant pumpkin patch this year has been awesome.
Tons of work, but awesome.
It would probably cost less to go out and buy 40 pumpkins at the store, I know.
Collecting your own pumpkins is crazy fun.
We waited for the sun to go down, and then, in we went.
Evenings and mornings are cool, days hot.
So, it did feel a little autumn like, collecting the babes in the evening...
Lots of trips back and forth.
I am a happy girl.
Next, we need Mister Lovee to determine which one is heavier.
I already know, but I can't wait to show him the collection tomorrow in day light.
These, plus the others on the porch already, equal lots of happy pumpkins.
It's always bitter sweet to say this after 4 years of growing pumpkins.
Each year more.
But here goes...
"And that is the end of our homemade pumpkin patch harvest for 2012."
I can hardly believe it, the time going by.
ps: Hello, Cupcake book winner......
Jacqueline, Once Upon a Fairy Land!!
E-mail me your snail mail address please♥
pss: Thank you all for being so awesome and encouraging
about change and such♥ ♥ ♥
You're the bestest!