In addition to fall being my favorite holiday, we in the Ramsey family also have a favorite family tradition of carving pumpkins. Mr. Fix-it is the "fun" parent and designated pumpkin carver with the children. Mom is the "working" parent and designated pumpkin grower of the family. It actually works out really well for us all. The Cat o' lantern above is our 2007 contribution to Halloween. Mr. Fix-it says he "Keeps getting better every year with the practice" and we all agree. There is a real art to pumpkin carving and growing that to be successful one has to really learn the fine nuances of said hobbies.
I don't mess with carving pumpkins, so I will stick to growing them. I can tell you I am not a successful grower of pumpkins. I have grown them every year here in Woodlawn for the past four years and have been rewarded with a whopping-are you ready for this-two pumpkins. One in 2004 and the one you see above. I think I do not have enough sun to truly make them grow well. I feed them lots of compost, give them plenty of room and still only one pumpkin! And let me tell you, I am GRATEFUL for that one pumpkin. I mean it is better than none right? The vines make more than one pumpkin but the baby pumpkins just shrivel up and fade away after a few weeks. I do not know what the problem is but can only surmise I don't have enough sun. If anyone else can help me out-please do! Because if the problem could be something other than not enough sun, I can work on it. Until then, I have decided this is the last year I am growing pumpkins. Next year the pumpkin the Ramsey family will be carving will be grown in someone else's garden.
For now, enjoy this season's bounty and carve a pumpkin with your family. Watch out for the trick a treaters Wednesday night. Happy Halloween!
in the garden....