Pumpkin Care and Handling Guide

Poverty Hills’ Guide to Pumpkin Care and Handling As you are decorating with pumpkins this season, be sure to keep these tips in mind: Start with a pumpkin that has no scratches or cuts to the skin. Any breaks in the skin will allow bacteria in to start the decomposition process. Avoid using pumpkins with … Continue reading

And so it begins…

And so it begins… That time of the year that we fondly refer to as ‘Pumpkin Season’. This time of the year is also known as… … ‘Supper-Came-Out-of-the-Freezer (or drive through!) Season’ … ‘Sleep-is-Seriously-Overrated Season’ … ‘Yes-You-Will-Learn-Your-Parents-Are-Crazy-Evie Season’ It’s also secretly my favorite season! I absolutely love the weather, the colors, the textures, and the … Continue reading

Going pumpkin huntin’!

It’s (almost) my favorite time of year! The three of us just went on a ‘pumpkin hunt’ through the patch to see what was growing! We had so much fun tip toeing through the vines pointing out our finds to each other. Here’s a sneak peek of what this fall will bring…. Here we go … Continue reading

The 2011 Update

Wow! It’s hard to believe its now officially summer. What a busy year it’s been… and its safe to say that 2011 has been particularly crazy here. Let me catch you up on what’s been going on at Poverty Hills… To start, we were blessed with out first child, Evie Mae, on April 5th. She … Continue reading

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

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