I'm on pumpkin watch.
Let me 'splain. I am passionate about pumpkins. For every pumpkin size, shape and color there is a delicious recipe waiting to be made...pumpkin pie, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin gooey cake...need I say more?
Throughout the month of October, I collect pumpkins for decor, and I eagerly await Halloween. It's not that I love the holiday...I don't. BUT, what I do love is the pumpkin patch across the street that typically closes down and abandons their leftover inventory sometime on October 31.
Closing time is different every year. I guess they leave when they feel like it, or when the onslaught of customers dries up. Any-hoo, each year I buy a few pumpkins to support the cause, and then lurk at the window on Halloween so that I don't miss closing time, when the pumpkins are free for the taking.
Obviously there are others in the neighborhood who have the same plan. You have to be fast to collect the pumpkins. If you're not one of the first to arrive, those who beat you there will take a dozen (or two,) leaving only the smashed, spoiled and rotten ones behind.
You may be asking yourself why a gardener needs to lie in wait for abandoned pumpkins when I could grow them. The truth is that pumpkins take up a lot of space in my garden that I would rather dedicate to melons, if I have to choose.
That being said, I do grow just a few pumpkins, for the fun it. You can, too! Here's how.
Garden Tips from The Micro Farm: