Tuesday Newsday

This time of year I love playing, “What’s growing in the pumpkin patch?”  I love watching the plants develop.  This year, it is especially challenging because I planted as the weather and my easily-distracted personality allowed me to!  Last year, I had a nice diagram of the patch and varieties planted.  This year, not even a doodle.  Then, some of the planted hills didn’t germinate, so I went back through (a couple of times for some of them) and poked a few more seeds into the hill all willy-nilly like.  Now, I have a growing, vining, I-Spy game!

These photos were all taken this evening:

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I’ve also been noticing this row of plants grow more as a bush,


unlike the typical vines of pumpkin and squash plants.


Among the bushes’ leaves I found these:


On a few of the vines, I found some smushy, rotty-looking baby pumpkins.  😦

Too much rain?  Too cool?  In July?  In Illinois?  Maybe.

I pulled off the sickly-looking fruits.  Hopefully, there will be plenty of good ones.


Good ones like these!

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The hogs do not mind the rain and mud one bit.  In fact, they have been delighted to play in it.  It is impossible to do any of the pig chores without getting a good application of mud on myself.


And to think, some people pay good money for that type of spa treatment!  I do lead the glamorous life….

About Marla Rose

This blog documents our farm life in central Illinois with photographs, experiences, and a dash of cooking. Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy sharing part of our lives!
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8 Responses to Tuesday Newsday

  1. pattisj says:

    Those baby pumpkins are so cute! If you ever need some extra cash, you could open your own spa!

  2. Buffy says:

    Love the baby pumpkin photos! Next year I’mgoing to plant some

  3. debweeks says:

    We planted watermelon for the first time ‘ever.’ I knew they would vine, but had no idea just how much. It appears pumpkins do the same thing. They are in a raised bed and I haven’t found any that appear to be having problems due to the lack of heat and the over-abundance of rain. My tomatoes, on-the-other-hand, aren’t producing like they did last year.

    Can’t wait to find out what varieties are where in your pumpkin patch.

  4. dayphoto says:

    Mud and piggies just go together!!!


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