Friday, August 12, 2011

It's that time of year again.....

Queen Anne's Lace, Asters, Sumac, Cattails, Black Eyed Susans and Paintbrushes are in full bloom... the air has turned from a low of 80 to a low of 60 giving it that cool breeze that feels soo good. The herbs are producing in large quantities and peppers and tomatoes turn ripe on the vine. It is almost fall. Harvest Season is here again. I know I say this often but can you tell how much I love fall? I have been baking up a storm again making use of zucchini and squash. Slicing and pickling our banana peppers for salad rings. Everyday I walk out of my front door I see harvest all around me.

The best surprise though so far this year was the sudden appearance of a pumpkin patch in our yard almost as if by magic, though it had a lot more to do with random things being dumped in an old stump. It all started last November when I tossed the rotten remnants of our jack o lanterns in to the old stump in our front yard. I suppose there must have still been some seeds in them. Then this spring when our neighbors moved they threw some of their compost in the stump and lastly before we got our compost set up my hubby tossed some grass clippings in the stump. So over the course of the spring and summer we didn't take notice of what was going on in the stump. Then about a week ago I saw was look more like the beginnings of a burdock plant to me than a pumpkin or squash. I figured I would leave it and maybe dig up the roots next year for medicinal teas. That simple (and a bit lazy) decision saved what is now an entire pumpkin patch. From what I can tell it is 3 plants each vining and branching all over our yard. It is massive and it got that way in about a week. I think the bit of rain we got has helped, though now this means I will need to water it daily, and weed it. I still can't get over how much it grew in one week.

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