Last year I tried to grow pumpkins in my front yard. I planted a couple of butternuts and a couple of weird tiny ones in different spots. I harvested ONE… only as big as my palm. I think that the soil in the front yard wasn’t exactly full of meaty goodness. So this year I’m trying something different.
I found two old recycling bins at a garage sale and picked them up for $3 each. Bargain! I filled them with the compost that I bought for the wicking beds… (the excess pile is slowly decreasing….) and put 3 pumpkin plants in each. As you can see, I placed them strategically near the lavender.
This is the one with the dodgy plant that might’ve gotten eaten by snails because I forgot to put snail bait down last night. Oh well!
I figure that they’ll get the benefit of all the sun, all the space they’ll want to run rampant all over the place (oh how I envy them!) and the compost will give them the nourishment they need. The bees in the lavender can sex them up real good (because I’m never organised in the morning to pollinate them myself) and so this experiment is yet another stroke of genius on my behalf.
Of course, it’s understood that if yet another dismal harvest eventuates…. then it’s not because I’m not a genius… it’s because of global warming/el nina/I broke a mirror.
And here is a picture of the ginger I planted. Gorgeous, isn’t it?
Just in case you’re having trouble spotting it, it’s totally underground in the black plastic pot with a couple of rose leaves on it.
Mum loves ginger, so I thought I’d have a crack at it. The accompanying literature said that it likes shade, so I’ve put it on the front porch with my herbs, so it’ll get morning sun but then be in shade after lunch. It’ll be interesting to see if anything comes of it.