It’s bragging day! I’m bragging about our big fat pumpkins!
And to think they started from one tiny seed just a few months ago. When we first started our garden, I was told by a “garden guru” to be sure to include pumpkins. He said, they’re easy to grow and boy was he right!
Pumpkins are like orange monsters that come in all types, colors and sizes. We planted seeds that were labeled Giant Pumpkins hoping they’d grow BIG!
Pumpkin vines love having tons of room to sprawl out. After 10 weeks, the first flowers start to bloom. They’re usually yellow and big. The bees often cruise by and help pollinate the pumpkins. And then you see it! The small pumpkin starts to form.
In late July and August the pumpkins start to pop up all over the place. The orange balls start to grow at super speed. By the end of August, it’s like having our very own pumkin-mania! Totally cool.
I feel very proud of our great big fat pumpkins. The jumbo pumpkins are so big I can’t do anything with them but smile at them!
I do know that people enter their giant pumpkins into contests and perhaps next year we’ll try to win a blue ribbon at the state fair but until then we’re just going to enjoy sitting around with our pumpkins!
Earlier this week I made a fast and easy tablescape using cinder blocks as the base for floral arrangements. Today on the blog, I thought I would include the fast instructions and a few photos to show how the finished product came to life!
Next, I removed the duct tape and allowed the blocks to dry. In the hot Southern California sun, this took about half an hour. But if where you are it's less warm, please wait about one hour before you begin planting to ensure the paint is dry. Also, acrylic paint will work great if you don't have spray paint handy.
Now for the best part. Place the dried blocks on your party table. Next, I used potted landscaping florals to gently place in to the center of the cinder blocks. I didn't even replant them! To keep your fantastic table cloths clean, I might suggest you place some landscape fabric or even a piece of plastic underneath the flowers before placing them in the blocks. I made a fantastic video giving step by step instructions - you can watch it here: Patriotic Cinder Block Tablescape - FACEBOOK
A great warm-weather plant to have in the garden is zucchini. For kids the big leaves, thick stems and bright yellow flowers are always interesting. Zucchini is a squash vegetable and like my friends, they come in all shapes, sizes and colors. But like the other vining plants, zucchini plants are garden space hogs. They have huge leaves and love to stretch their vines.
If you don’t have a big area to plant zucchini, then try to find a bush type of zucchini. I’ve planted one called Gold Rush and it worked great because it grows into a small bush and still has a lot of yummy zucchini. The skin is actually a gold color rather than green like other zucchini. It’s even small enough that you could grow it in a pot. Cool huh?
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