Beware, the Green Takeover!

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A couple years ago DH and our grandson had a family compettion to grow a GIANT PUMPKIN.  Neither one had much success, but they were kept busy all summer babying their pumpkins.

The pumpkin at our house set off a volunteer vine that DH transplanted in the garden.  It was absolutely a beautiful vine. But the pumkins were all like that little orange gem in the left bottom corner.   Pumpkin But, we still had a picture to send of Grandpa and a giant Pumpkin



The puny pumpkins froze in the winter and met their highest and best use in the compost pile.

I said I thought that beautiful vine had been awarded too many square feet in the garden and determined to have pumpkins on a trellis that used to support a rose (I don't do well with roses)

Spring brought some surprises in the compost bin that we couldn't bring ourselves to tear up.  Despite the Easter Freeze, there were two batches of numerous pumpkin sprouts glowing on the top of the compost.

I dug a hole, filled it with some other compost and worm castings, then moved one shovel full of the pumpkin sprouts

They are figuring out the trellis a little bit more each day.


 While one of the compost bins has been taken hostage by the remaining pumpkin seedlings which have become a VINE!  binEvery day it gets bigger and bigger!  We don't know if we want to walk past that bin at the risk of being taken over by a pumpkin vine -- that is making more pumpkins!pumpkinAnd the prettiest yellow flowers.  Just like last year.  Oh, and the giant pumpkin is in a box, awaiting another 'harvest' picture!

I thought maybe the GREENIES couldn't resist a big green vine!  We have rain this year and the sceen is indeed green.  I think the turtles have all moved on; haven't seen one in over a week.

The Ozarks are a good place to live and grow a few things -- not too hot; not too dry, sometimes pretty wet.  A good place for wind energy with a common, steady breeze.  Wind power for wells and some small electrical needs makes as much or more sense in the Ozarks as solar, although many people are using solar to stay off the grid.  We definitely plan to use wind energy to pump water.     We also have a tank set up to gather water from the roof -- an inch of rain will fill our 150 gallon tank which can then be used to water needy greenery.


Comments (12)

Gary Smith
Agent Marketing Today - Commerce Township, MI
JudyAnn,  Nice inserted photo of the large pumpkin.  Sounds like a nice place to move. How are the winters? besides having frost are there many snow days?
Jun 18, 2007 03:44 PM
JudyAnn..Oh how I laughed as I saw the huge leaves 'take over" their space. I am sure there is a lesson in this...
Jun 18, 2007 05:10 PM
Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine!
Keep growing those big pumpkins patches! One of the favorite pictures of my son, born in July, was "inside" a pumpkin I carved that was bigger than he! I will scan that puppy in and see if you can get one bigger! Beautiful vines you show! My other memory that your post brings on is some yellow plum tomatoes that re- seeded themselves and gave us pleasure for a year or two -- all that in Michigan where Jack Frost bites us all! Thanks for your post! it brought some memories and I'll bookmark and get that award winning picture of my baby boy (now graduated) up!
Jun 18, 2007 07:20 PM
JudyAnn Lorenz
Bar JD Communications - Mansfield, MO
Virtual Marketing Consultant

Gary: The climate would generally be considered 'very mild'.   There are short extremes -- Winter/Spring of 2007 had ice storms and late freezes.   Exactly where we live is a higher elevation and we don't have the severe summer storms (tornados), but sometimes we are more dry than we would like.

We moved here from the high desert of Wyoming where it was Dry and winter one day or Dry and Winter the next day.  We hoped summer would come on Saturday when we had the day off. 

True snow days were few.  Schools did close frequently, but the main roads were seldom  if ever closed.

Jun 18, 2007 11:40 PM
JudyAnn Lorenz
Bar JD Communications - Mansfield, MO
Virtual Marketing Consultant
JaneAnne, I will try to keep from hijacking this into a gardening group, but I expect that vine is utilizing alot of the 'goodie' of the working compost.  However, it will make great contribution in the fall and I won't have to carry it far!
Jun 18, 2007 11:41 PM
JudyAnn Lorenz
Bar JD Communications - Mansfield, MO
Virtual Marketing Consultant

Mary -- With the introduction of hybrids, volunteers get lost by the wayside.  Thank goodness for heirlooms.   They are a serious topic in our area and the source of a dandy business started by the owner while still in High School

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds    This is becoming a destination point for the area.

Jun 18, 2007 11:45 PM
Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager
Cool story and photos.  This certainly is a real estate post - just about a small piece!
Jun 19, 2007 04:42 AM
JudyAnn Lorenz
Bar JD Communications - Mansfield, MO
Virtual Marketing Consultant

I hope the small pieces give someone a view of the potential area they are considering for a home.  The Ozarks has become attractive as a place to move because of the perception the cost of living is low.  Some of the change in costs is connected to the climate which allows for different utilities, small family food production and fewer commercial entertainment opportunities which made sneak attacks on the family economy. 


Jun 19, 2007 10:20 AM
Jacqulyn Richey
Prominent Realty Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate
Great post. I love the pics. Solar power is slowing make its way out here. You would think with our blistering days of summer every home in Las Vegas would have solar panels on the roof. -Charles
Jun 21, 2007 11:23 AM
JudyAnn Lorenz
Bar JD Communications - Mansfield, MO
Virtual Marketing Consultant

When my kids were in rural school at a lumber camp, one night the teacher ran a film about solar power.  I just hadn't thought about it.  But after being told that enough power goes by every day to meet all the earth's energy needs, I was immediately converted!

In Missouri, we have fewer bright days, but my little solar powered fairy lights along the sidewalk always manage to get some charge, even on a rainy day.  The original ones were electric and temperamental.  Solar is a different shade of light, but no juice required. 

The vine is growing more and more every day!   There are some little pumpkins, but on the vine tips which are also working their way out through the slats in the pallet.  I think the babies are touching the wood as the vine moves which messes them up.  Last year, I picked a vine up with little pumpkins to move it out of the way of the mower.  They shriveled almost immediately.



Jun 21, 2007 02:10 PM
Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

I wish this was a required course in elementary school for our children.

Wouldnt they be the  ones to enhance the vision of eco inspiration ! Kids these days are truly unaware of how and where food sources come from. I think it is time to re-introduce basic home economics back into the school curriculum.

Jun 24, 2007 05:43 AM
JudyAnn Lorenz
Bar JD Communications - Mansfield, MO
Virtual Marketing Consultant

The green take over continues.   The set of pumpkins growing at the trellis are accepting training so they can be climbing up the trellis.  blossoms and pumpkinThe vine had tendrils, which when they begin to curl are easy to wrap around the trellis bars, then back on themselves.  They are really quite strong. This little pumpkin was born on the fence and the two top boards will support it if we don't bump it.  Moving them usually results in having them shrivel and rot.  I have this particular vine wrapped above the pumpkin so it won't move around.  There is more at Legacy Gardens,

These topics are all things that can make good dinner table topics for extra education of our children outside the classroom.  Gives them a chance to see their parents know a few things too.  A recent visit to our yard by a speckled king snake (a good one) has intrigued our 6 yr old grandson and become part of his conversations other places.  This wasn't a dinner table encounter, but rather I mailed him some pictures.   This sort of homeschooling is something I wish we had done more.  It seemed like we did cover political science and economics pretty well, but we could have done more.  My kids used to be late for school because we got to talking and forgot the time.

Jul 14, 2007 10:13 AM