Ready… Set… GROW!

One of my favorite smells… There are a few smells that I truly enjoy…. fresh cut grass, bread baking in the oven, and earth! This made transplanting pumpkins out into the field all the more enjoyable. After the pumpkins began to sprout their first “true” leaf… (for you non-gardeners, it’s the first leaf that actually … Continue reading

My favorite garden tool…the soil knife!

Aaron gets teased every time he uses this garden tool… We were attending the OFA Short Course on Floriculture in Ohio three years ago. Like most conventions, it included a huge trade show full of booths of sales people ready to show you the latest and greatest product for your business. This particular tool was … Continue reading

Planting update!

The pumpkin planting elves were hard at work this Memorial Day weekend! We put in 80 hills of seeds yesterday, and have over 400 plants planted! We’ve got lots of your favorites planted… but there’s more left to do! Unusual gourds! Rare European varieites! Flint corn! …. a gardener’s work is never done….

Grow your own mulch!

ThisĀ  used to be a soybean field… Just last year this very field was covered in rows of soybeans. Even before last year’s soybean harvest, Aaron pegged this field for our ’09 pumpkin patch. To prepare the former soybean field for pumpkins, Aaron had the idea of growing your own mulch–an idea he had seen … Continue reading

Plum Pickens!

Have you been to Plum Pickens yet? Plum Pickens in a consortium of local artisans led by the talented Carrie Huber, owner of 40th and Plum! This group gathers four times a year to offer their hand-made wares. Recently the annual Spring Show was held–including the oh-so-popular “Spring Cleaning” garage sale! If you didn’t make … Continue reading

An army of pumpkins…

It’s getting to be that time of the year again… We have been gearing up for the 2009 growing season by starting hundreds of pumpkin transplants at the farm. Although it is more labor intensive and a little more costly, we prefer to set out transplants instead of seeding directly into the garden for part … Continue reading

Where it all begins…

Aaron spends all winter perusing the stacks and stacks of seed catalogs that appear each day in our mailbox trying to decide what varieties of pumpkins to plant the following season. One seed source we use packages their seeds in fun glass bottles with corks! Many of the pumpkin varieties we plant are “heirloom varieties”. … Continue reading


Welcome to the Poverty Hills blog! Poverty Hills was created by us–Aaron and Kathryn Nygren–to be an outlet for our two passions, gardening and home decor. We grow a wide selection of pumpkins including heirloom varieties each fall for your indoor and outdoor decorating. We also love to search out primitives and garden antiques to … Continue reading