Punkin’

July 27th

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I am now on the board for the Phoenix Permaculture Guild, which so far has been such an enjoyable experience. The board members are this incredibly ecclectic group of wildly successful hippies who love to garden. They’ve taken me under their wing and I feel a little like I’ve found my tribe. At the last meeting, between gulps of homemade wine brought by a member who grows her own grapes, bites of mangoes from another member’s tree, and slices of chocolate cake from a Betty Crocker mix that I baked (woops) — I heard that a failed pumpkin crop can be rejuvenated in Phoenix this time of year.  It seems counterintuitive to plant anything this time of year here, but these folks know what they are talking about.

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I’d planted pumpkins several months ago and they either got too much sun or not enough water. Regardless, they are all goners. It made me so sad, especially considering how great those sunflowers did! Plus, nothing makes me feel like such a failure than when I can’t keep little plants alive. The recipe is so basic: good soil + sun + water = happy plants.

Taking their advice, I bought a new bunch of seeds and some organic compost this weekend. Two hours of clearing out yucky garden left-overs, turning the compost and washing the patio furniture, I also had these babies planted. Today I’m researching the best food and watering conditions for pumpkins. The timing is just right — they should be perfect come October 31st.  I have this ridiculous dream of inviting my many friends with children over to pick their own pumpkins.

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Let’s hope I don’t make any promises too early. I could very well end up looking like a giant ass, although I do have a backup plan that involves strategically placed grocery-store pumpkins.

Pumpkins are certainly one of my favorite vegetables. They remind me of my dad, who calls me Pumpkin, and the fall — which really is the happiest time of year in Phoenix.

~K

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5 Responses

  1. Yay for happy pumpkins. I think that would be so cute if your friends’ kids picked out their won pumpkin and you had a pumpkin carving contest. 🙂 (And, just maybe you’ll be roasting pumpkin seeds and making pumpkin pies for us in blogland to drool over!)

  2. When I taught 2nd graders about plants last semester, one little girl answered the question “What three things to plants need to grow?” with “sun, rain, and love”. Not exactly what we were looking for, but soo precious nonetheless. Good luck with your pumpkins!

  3. Melissa July 27, 2009

    Oh my gosh! I planted that exact GIANT pumpkin seed this spring….so far LOTS of vines and no actual pumpkins. Blame that on our Houston drought. I am still hoping though…and in the mean time I just planted some normal medium sized pumpkin seeds to try to save some kind of pumpkin crop. Still hoping secretly that GIANT will surprise me. I hope yours does too!!!! And that children come from miles around to see!!!! 🙂

  4. I got some pumpkin seeds from a 320lb pumpkin at our church reading festival this summer. I planted them alongside regular pumpkin seeds. I am now afraid for my life! Sure the regular pumpkin seeds came up fine, but the giant ones took over the rest of my garden! I already have one that is the size of a small pumpkin and harvest time isn’t until October! I fear the vines may creep into my house at night and strangle me. Either that or a horseman without a head will steal the pumpkins from my yard. At least the kids are excited about them. Good luck with your pumpkins, but beware. (Sorry for the ridiculously long comment.)

  5. “and the fall — which really is the happiest time of year in Phoenix.” That’s for sure, is it almost here?

    Good luck with your punkins.

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