Monday, July 23, 2012

Halloween in July.

Here's what I found in the garden today:

Actually, that's not true. I found it in the compost bin. The compost bin that's been overrun with a ginormous volunteer vine since this spring. We've been wondering what might make an appearance. Crazy zucchini? Pumpkins? After hundreds of blossoms, we didn't see any sign of fruit. 

But then, as I was harvesting tomatoes today, something caught my eye. Something orange. And round.

A perfect Halloween pumpkin!

I've planted pumpkins in the past--planned them, pampered them...with no success. Squash vine borers always melted the vines before a pumpkin appeared. The year I forgo pumpkins, we have a perfect one--in July. 

Gardening is a mystery. An ironic, often frustrating, sometimes perfectly fun mystery.

Sadly, in my excitement to get the pumpkin out of the compost bin to show the kids--I broke the stem.

Still, stay tuned...I do believe a jack-o-lantern will make an appearance on our doorstep tonight.

Happy Halloween...a little early.





  1. That's huge pumpkin!
    I too do not have luck with them. I have stop growing them altogether! The fruits just fall off after reaching apple size....sigh!

  2. wow!!! We throw our pumpkins out back behind the fence every year, but have never gotten one yet!

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  4. What a great pumpkin! Too bad it is so early. Will you cook the flash and have it for pies/cakes etc?

  5. Of course it always works out like this - those darn SVBs get all the squash plants you're *trying* to grow but can't find the one in the compost pile :)

  6. What a perfect surprise! Congrats!