Mansfield, Missouri -- Gardening for Pretty & Food

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Have you seen that commercial asking you to have paperless billing and telling you how much a tree contributes to cleaner air?

I'm hoping my abstract growing this year has done some too.  I have a trellis that lost its roses (I am toxic to roses). This year we debated putting a gourd, pumpkin or watermelon vine. We thought about the trouble we could get into with morning glories and honey suckle.  A massive germination of pumpkin seeds in our compost bin made the decision.  And, I think we are too practical -- we would opt for food over flowers. Especially when the food has great flowers.  pumpkin blossoms This pumpkin was born on a fence and I've wound the vines in the trellis to help support it.  I learned the hard way, not to move the pumpkin part of vines.  These golden beauties are part of our morning view.

pumpkin blossom

The vine could just as easily been a beautiful summer squash.  I have an unusual zucchini in a container.  Or a vining tomato variety.  The trellis will feed our souls and our appetites if we bake a pumpkin.  We probably will this year because the pumpkins resemble acorn squash too and we're wondering if we've gotten some crossing.

If you're considering a move to country where things move slower -- where a heightened sense of urgency doesn't rule, and where you can grow things. you should check out real estate options in the Ozarks.

Comments (6)

David Helm
Helm Home Inspections - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp
Judy, Nice pictures.  There are two types of morning glory.  The one that is also called bindweed (white flowers) is a horrendous thug with root bundles going as deep as six feet (by actual measurement at a previous house).  The other, blue flowered one is a really nice vining plant.  You probably did get some crossing of pumpkins and squashes in your compost.  It is a common occurance.  It's always interesting to see what you get.
Jul 30, 2007 05:34 AM
JudyAnn Lorenz
Bar JD Communications - Mansfield, MO
Virtual Marketing Consultant

The blue ones are in my garden, and yes, they are beautiful morning glory

But, they are vicious stranglers and I do not let them rampage over the garden.  I've had them snarl bell peppers, cosmos okra and sunflowers. 

Jul 30, 2007 02:34 PM
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Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Your article brings back memories of the days when I lived in Germany and grew gourds in my garden! Great photos-
Aug 18, 2007 03:25 PM
JudyAnn Lorenz
Bar JD Communications - Mansfield, MO
Virtual Marketing Consultant

I pickred that little pumpkin yesterday.  It was too early, but it had turned orange and the blister beetles are after them as well as the dry weather.  It wasn't very big, but is cute.

This was an impulsive plant, but I think we will look into gourds next year.

Aug 19, 2007 12:19 AM


I like the idea of giant sunflowers...and just tell me how to grow thme in containers =)

Aug 19, 2007 03:25 PM
JudyAnn Lorenz
Bar JD Communications - Mansfield, MO
Virtual Marketing Consultant

One of the nicest watermelons we've grown is a volunteer, but not in a container.  They need lots of calcium, we're told.

Some of these things are heavy feeders and as long as the container had the feed, I think it could be done.  I have a nice tomatillo in a container.  It has gotten more fertilizer and intense heat than the ones in the garden and it is doing much more.  I think next year, this will control how I do them.  The garden ones grow, bloom, make baskets, but no green fruit. 

The 4th of July Paulonia is going really well and I've snipped it back four times.

Aug 20, 2007 03:49 PM