Public Enemies

Every year we dread… the arrival of cucumber beetles, our most frustrating pests in the pumpkin patch.  It’s amazing to watch how these pests can flock in hoards to our patch of pumpkins.  That’s why the arrival of the first cucumber beetles was not a pleasant surprise.  Cucumber beetles, of which there are two different … Continue reading

Pumpkins are here!

This summer is flying by so fast…. It’s hard to believe that we are almost to the Fourth of July! It seems like not so long ago we were picking out seeds and transplanting little pumpkins. The patch is growing fast with vines reaching in every direction! It is truly amazing to compare pictures of … Continue reading

Grow… baby grow!

They grow up so fast… We are impressed at how fabulous the first transplants are looking! I have to admit… they didn’t always look like this. In fact–we were pretty worried as to whether or not they would make it. We started the season out with a pretty severe aphid infestation. Little did we know, … Continue reading

After the work… the reward!

After such hard work… When we visited the farm this weekend, it was so nice to see the little rounded cotyledons popping up out of the ground from the last batch of hills we just planted. Thank goodness for the nice rain we received over the weekend! (Although it only lets us procrastinate installing our … Continue reading

Very impressive…

Take that weeds! Here’s a little update on our post about growing your own mulch! As you might have noticed in a previous post, only half of the field had the rye grass mulch while the rest of the field still had living rye grass. Well… since then Aaron has sprayed the living rye portion … Continue reading

Where is Tuxpan?

“Whoa! Look at these!!” I exclaimed to Aaron when I shook the seeds from their packet into my palm as I was preparing to plant them in the soil. These had to be the biggest, weirdest seeds I had ever seen! I turned them over in my hands examining the oversized shimmery white seeds that … Continue reading

All in a day’s work….

Can you believe it? It seemed like a daunting task in the beginning… but the pumpkin patch is finally all planted–hill by hill and row by row…. all by hand! Right now as I write this… sprouting and growing are 551 hills of pumpkins, planted to 100 different varieites of plants making it…..drumroll please……… 1,157 … Continue reading

Seed…. by seed…

Never planted pumpkins before? We thought you might enjoy a few pictures and tips on how we plant our hills of pumpkins! First, we dig a shallow hole with a shovel making sure to break up the clods. Since we “grew our own mulch” this year, it is better to dig individual holes than to … Continue reading