Pumpkin Harvest

The Old Order Mennonite farmers up the road from us are harvesting a whole field of orange beauties, loading them into a wagon, and making repeat trips for more.  Us, we’re fortunate to have three big pumpkins to display because the vine borers are a menace and destroyed most of our crop.  Again.  We still need some better organic methods of dealing with these pests, but back to the pumpkins.  Daughter Elise glories in them.   This pumpkin weighed nearly 100 pounds and was so big her father helped her harvest it.  We’re all proud.

Some Fun Quotes from Pumpkin Nook:

“I never met a pumpkin I didn’t like.”

“Bring us your tired, your poor, your pumpkin growers.”

“Ask not what your Pumpkin can do for you, ask what you can do for your pumpkin!”

“A Pumpkin by any other name is still a pumpkin.”

If at first you don’t succeed, sow, sow (or grow, grow) again.

“To err is human, a pumpkin is divine.”

5 responses to “Pumpkin Harvest

  1. Beth, if you have trouble with borers and don’t/can’t use chemnicals, do what you can to invite bats. They are amazing little crop protectors. Go to wwww.batworld.org and check them out. They are clean, smart, and so beneficial. They don’t eat ladybugs or praying mantis, for instance, but eat the borer in moth form, mosquitos, etc. My daughter and I attended a seminar at which the Deputy Director broght different types of bats and gace a terrific presentation on their benefits.


  2. Thanks Caroline. Great idea. We do have some bats because of the close proximity of the barn. We also have a lot of swifts and swallows but not over the garden. They mostly like the pond.


  3. Oh my gosh that is a huge pumpkin. I tried to grow pumpkins one year. I had 3 and the neighbor boys stole them so never tried again. LOL.


  4. Beth,
    There is a big free book that the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center put out that has plans for most songbird species and a bat box. I built a bunch of the houses for my property and Mom has a bat box and a Martin house I made from the plants. The url is http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/wildlife/ndblinds/ . It says the plans are for North Dakota wildlife but Texas wildlife seem to like them, too.


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