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. 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! Every 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!And 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.