Skinflint Sunday: You don’t need counselling if you KNOW you’re losing your grip. Do you?


So yesterday I was out in the pouring rain saving rain water from the big pipe at the right that goes into the gully trap. All the kids were still asleep and I was saturated; but having a good time. Look at all the free water!!!!


Then in the afternoon, again in the rain, I dragged out half a straw/hay bale (what’s the difference anyway? Anyone know?) and retied it together with string, plonked it on the front lawn on top of a layer of newspapers and planted 5 pumpkin plants I grew from a Kent pumpkin at the supermarket. Apparently, according to the knowledgable people on the internet, you put pockets of soil and compost in the straw and the plants’ roots wend their merry way through it all and they grow happily.

The Great Pumpkin Experiment is looking grim. The pumpkins aren’t thriving. So this is my back up plan.
It looks ugly and a bit stupid out on the front lawn. It’s not normal.
Send help.

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14 Responses to Skinflint Sunday: You don’t need counselling if you KNOW you’re losing your grip. Do you?

  1. hazel says:

    I gardened in the rain until it got too ridiculous yesterday…it was great (at least it wasn’t cold). I have been wanting to try straw bale gardening. I will be looking with interest. I wrote about the difference between straw and hay:

  2. Catherine says:

    Vegies growing anywhere never look weird.

  3. Bev says:

    Looks like you need another tank under that downpipe!

    Pumpkins in a hay bale in the front garden are the new normal. Lawns are the new abnormal. Don’t fret about it. In a few years time you’ll be seen as terribly innovative.

    Stick a sign in the hay bale saying “food, not lawns”.

  4. river says:

    I like Bev’s comment about sticking a sign in it!
    What exactly is normal anyway? Has anyone been able to accurately define normal? I didn’t think so…Your front yard will look great when there are beautiful pumpkins sprawling everywhere. You could edge the lawn area with carrots and parsley, grow climbing beans over the fence….

  5. Rain? Rain? What’s that? We are either flooded or – like now – all full of crunchy grass.

    But I agree, love free water.

  6. I’m sure the Kent Pumpkins will soon smother the half-bale with their leaves, making it a feature of your front garden.

    Now, your playing in the rain while you harvested it sounds like a lot of fun to me!

  7. Ellen says:

    I think it looks rustic and original and once the pumpkins get going it will make a great feature – anyway who wants to be normal! Permaculture has got you in its vine-like grip.

  8. Andrea says:

    Gardening in the rain is the best. Great idea planting the pumpkins in hay bales and who cares if its in your front yard!! Now i think your other pumpkins maybe are not doing so well as they probably need a lot more room, 1 pumpkin plant needs about 1/2 meter , also containers dry out quickly and pumpkins do like a lot of h2o. happy gardening!!

  9. molly says:

    Hey FD, in answer to your question about the difference between hay & straw…
    Hay is the wheat/oats/plant cut when full and baled for animal feed.
    Straw is just the left over stalks/stems of the crop after harvest and makes great mulch or spread in barns, chook nesting etc.
    Hope that helps a little:)

  10. Urspo says:

    I have asked The Great Pumpkin for an intervention.

  11. Liz says:

    Lawn??, what lawn?? – you have pumpkins growing!! soon there wont be any lawn to be embarrassed by….

  12. Jayne says:

    Ooooo, now that looks like fun!
    Bugger the front lawn, no one has them these days anyway 😉

  13. Liesel says:

    Glee! Love love love gardening in the rain.
    I say cover the whole front lawn in newspaper and flattened out cardboard boxes and straw and let the pumpkins take over, unmolested by the evil kikuyu.

  14. Jo says:

    The pumpkin experiment looks awesome, very sculptural.

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