Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Gourds, Pumpkins and Toadstools
Last Fall we made a trip to Oklahoma City to see Son's family. While we were there we took G3, G4, G5 and Girlie to a "pumpkin patch." It wasn't actually a pumpkin patch though. It was in a church parking lot and a fund raiser for the youth of the church.
All of the kids picked out pumpkins and I brought home some bumpy gourds to use in some Fall decorations. If you've been stopping by for awhile you may remember I put some on the porch and Mikey thought we'd brought him some new toys.
After the gourds were just about gone I cut them open, took out the seeds, cleaned the stringy stuff off and dried them.
I put the dried seeds in envelopes, sealed them and stored them away in the refrigerator. In early June AD planted some of them for me. We've never done anything like this before so it was kind of an experiment.
The patch in the picture at the top of this post is the result. I'm thinking the big orange thing behind this green and orange gourd is a REALLY ripe left over cucumber. I didn't bother it since it's propping the gourd up so nicely.
Yesterday evening I went out to see how everything was progressing. I've been out there many times but this time I took my camera.
Son's kiddos brought me some of their pumpkin seeds after their pumpkins were all used up last year. This is the only pumpkin I've seen in the patch so far but maybe there are others.
I'm kind of excited that the experiment worked and we'll have ugly gourds and a pumpkin or two for the Fall.
It's been really wet here the past several days and while I was out by the patch I noticed a lot of toadstools growing out in the pasture. Here are a couple of little ones
and here's one of the bigger ones.
The weather is a bit cooler now and I can definitely smell Fall in the air. Yea!