I really enjoy gardening. I especially like to plant and harvest. The hard slog between the two, not so much. I also enjoy summer vegetables, like yellow squash and fresh tomatoes. Often I will wander around the garden eating cherry tomatoes like candy.
Last year, in Oklahoma, we had a bumper crop of tomatoes, peppers, squash and pumpkins.
I learned a lot about pumpkins. I’d never grown any successfully before. Last time I planted pumpkins, they came up as squash, which I had already planted. Soon I was literally almost buried in squash. Thankfully I found an English relish recipe that used them up.
But last year, I put in just a few pumpkins. I just wanted a couple of three for the grandkids to use at Halloween.
No one explained to me that pumpkins are to the gourd world what zucchini is to the squash world. They went berserk. There were vines everywhere. They knocked down a fence, others grew through the fence, and spread all down the hill outside the garden space. Every time I went out to the vines, there were more blooms, and each bloom sprouted a pumpkin. We were overrun.
With hot days and frequent rain, or watering, they grew like crazy. I slipped a bit of board or pallet under each one as they broke out in spots, and