You may recall that in July I claimed to become a pumpkin farmer. Well, a few weeks into the pumpkin growing, I took my sweet little plants outside for a good soak. And then I forgot to bring them back in. They died a tragic, heat related death. So, I planted a new batch-o-pumpkins. After weeks of tending to my plants and a week of acclimating them to the outdoors, today was the big day.
When I started, I have a weedy, unruly patch of yard that I blocked off last year. I never got around to building beds for a garden.
First I need to back up the story. There once was a HUGE tree in my backyard. It was probably one of the oldest elm trees in the neighborhood. However, we have been in a drought for the past two years and had extreme heat this summer. This lovely tree dropped a huge limb on my roof and slowly began to die. I had the tree taken down.
And then I had the tree guys turn it into mulch and leave it in the front yard. Much to my neighbor's dismay, it has been sitting in that huge pile for over a month. Come on! It has been too hot to do anything with it.
My original plan was to dump so dirt piles in my weedy patch and see who would win - the pumpkins or the weeds. But I just couldn't do it. So I went back to my original plan that never came to fruition. So I started by using the old newspapers to act as a weed barrier.
And then I put a whole bunch of mulch around the beds to cover up the pretty, pretty newspaper.
And then I put a whole bunch of dirt and compost in the beds and mixed it up. And I built some mounds for the plants and covered that with even more mulch.
Bring in the pumpkins...
And then I put 'em in the dirt and watered them real good, like.
Now I just have to finish the other half of my garden to put in some other veggies I picked up at the garden center when I went to get more dirt. Tomorrow I take the rest of the pumpkin plants to the Pineapple Parents for their pumpkin patch. I am a gardening fool.