Fall is officially here, so it seems a bit odd to be posting about the garden, but it appears that this year’s garden is a late bloomer, so to say.
The first garden surprise is the fact that we even have a garden. It was in the long-term plan, but I had resolved that it would not be happening this year due to the new business craziness. But, then Craig decided to build a garden, and when Craig decides something, there’s really no turning back.
So, we built a mega-square-foot-garden. Well, mostly Craig built it. I just mixed up dirt and moved it around with a shovel. And of course, we still had our compost bin and our rain barrel from our garden in Little Rock.
As you can see, after all the work on building the garden, it was late in the season, so we only planted one of the eight 4ftx4ft beds. We planted green beans, carrots, herbs, and a thornless blackberry bush, which was enough to keep the kids entertained.
Meanwhile, in the pile of dirt that resulted from digging up the yard for the garden beds, Carina noticed something popping up that looked like a volunteer zucchini. So we let it grow. And it got bigger, and bigger!
I started to notice that the leaves looked a little funny and the vines weren’t trailing out as much as our last zucchini plant. And then the flowers started blooming, and they seemed really big for a zucchini plant, and were growing on these weird tall stems.
And then fruit started to form. At first it looked like this:
I thought, ok, there’s a cute little zucchini forming. It looks like a little green gnome with a pointy cap! It grew, and grew. We got a lot of rain one week, and when things finally dried out, I found this (table spoon for scale):
So, my best guess is that this is a pumpkin plant, although there is not a speck of orange on either of the two pumpkins that are growing off of the vine. (If you have any other ideas on what this might be, let me know!) The kids are really excited to pick our two pumpkins and add them to our Halloween display. This is one of the things I love about gardening – the exciting, mysterious, and fruitful surprises that happen where you least expect!