Scrapbook: Home Harvest

26 Jan

I’m still catching up on photos and posts that should have run much earlier in year. At the time I was recovering from debilitating panic attacks so this post and a few others kind of got pushed aside. But I am really proud of my pumpkins and I want to show them to you! (That last sentence was not a euphemism. I swear.)

Aside from the herb garden, which I didn’t take a lot of photos of, we grew pumpkins, butternut squash, a sunflower, and marigolds. I count marigolds because they are a pest-repellant plant and I was specifically growing them for Day of the Dead decorations. Anthony accidentally cleared them out when he was weeding the garden at the end of the season (oops!) so I didn’t get to use them.

I’m really proud of our pumpkins. We were so infested with aphids that I was really worried we wouldn’t get any fruit but we managed to grow three fat orange globes. You can see the other two, plus a helpful PSA, here. Isobel was especially impressed with our pumpkins.

And the sunflower. Which was pretty magical for both of us. When I was thirteen I grew a patch of Russian Giant sunflowers that were easily 15 feet tall. My mom proudly took a picture of me standing next to them. I’ll have to show you someday. We only grew the one, and about half of the seeds are empty, but it was a really fun experience.

We didn’t even have to go to the pumpkin patch this year!

But of course we did, anyway.

The good thing about marigolds, besides the fact they are so cheerful and lovely, is that their petals each turn into a seed, so that by the time the plant has wilted you have enough seeds for a thousand plants. My friend Jake gave me plenty more seeds for next year.

Growing all of these plants was way easier than I thought it would be. Preparing the soil was most of the work done, and daily watering was a chore I had to do anyway. Plus Isobel loves to go outside. I can’t wait to start another garden this summer, but I’m not sure what we’ll grow.

8 Responses to “Scrapbook: Home Harvest”

  1. Allison Wilson January 26, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    Man, that is one thing I really miss about living in California: you can grow things all year long.

    What a sweet back yard you have. I love the second to last picture of Isobel walking through the grass.

  2. Jen January 26, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    I’ve always been afraid of trying pumpkins, but I think we might give it a go since we have a bit more garden real estate to work with this year.

  3. Julie January 26, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I’m super impressed!

  4. Leah January 26, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Your pumpkin looks great! We grew our own last fall and it was so much fun. We still have them too!

  5. Lindsey January 26, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    My dad gave me marigolds when I was 6 and some kid kicked me in the teeth in the school playground (lesson learned: don’t walk so close to the swings). I’ve always associated them with a mouthful of blood, oddly enough.

    I’m planning on growing sunflowers this year – I’ll have to try the Russian giant ones!

  6. Anne the Librarian (@anneheathen) January 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Yay gardening! I was oddly disinterested in it as a kid, but have grown to count it among my passions as a grown-up. (If I’m honest I still hate getting my hands dirty, because then I have to wash them, which means my skin will be even more dry, and OH WAIT no one is interested in my weird pseudo-OCD. ANYWAY.) I have grown marigolds every year that I’ve gardened, and I never managed to realize that it was the petals that were turning into the seeds! Amazing.

  7. jennie jackson January 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Beautiful pics!

  8. Lenae January 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Love it! We’ve always mused planting our own garden, but still have the sad piles of seed packets that never made it to soil :/ Those pumpkins, though — how magical!

    -Lenae (justlenae from Instagram 🙂

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