Last May, I put my pumpkin seeds and starts in a raised garden bed that, as I later learned, didn't get enough sun and was stop #1 on the Slug Highway. Also, we had an even wetter than normal summer which cost me almost my whole crop. I was a sad pumpkin-gardener last October.
This weekend, I'm going to the Woodinville Garden Club's annual plant sale, to buy some pumpkin "starts". I like to diversify my "starts" hoping it gives me a better chance at success. Success this year means having more than five, oddly shaped, possibly pest-ridden and thus moldy pumpkins to show for all my foolish optimism and giddy, giggling garden digging. (Say that 10 times quickly.)
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Just as I was patting myself on the back for not killing the herbs I grew from seed, my pumpkin plan went belly up. What's that saying? Nature vs. nurture? Well, if it's applied to gardening, nature wins every time. For the last week, I've apparently just been watering heaps of compost while the birds ate all my pumpkin seeds!!!
May was a month of ups and downs in the pumpkin garden.
Weather, crappy dirt, birds, slugs, self-sabotage you name it, it happened in the pumpkin garden.
A week later, the sprouts were busting out of their mini terrariums. I diligently showered the edges of my aspiring pumpkin patch with more slug bait. I also bought 10 pumpkin starts from the grocery store. Each container has three plants, so there's another 30 plants to give me that edge. You ask, "How many pumpkins do you want, Alyssa? Are you friggin' crazy?" My answer is "more" and "YES!"
Next up, I wait for more vines, their yellow flowers and then the little green, baby pumpkins.
Grow, baby, grow!
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