Pumpkin Patch Kid

We’re not really what you’d call green fingered in this family.

We try to be but we have a rather relaxed approach to gardening where if it grows that’s great, if it doesn’t well never mind.

We do however eat an incredible amount of fruit and veg for a family of 3. (I swear we can buy a trolley load of fruit on a Saturday and by Monday our house is basically a fruit free zone.)

In an effort to cut the food bill as much as possible we have been trying to grow some of our own food.

Last year we were quite successful and had a magnificent haul of potatoes, parsnips, broad beans, spinach and lambs leaf lettuce (although these ran a little more rampant than we ever imagined.)

This year, for various reasons, our veg plot has been all but abandoned so in an effort to redeem ourselves and teach Little Splodge where food comes from we decided to have a go at growing some pumpkins.

We put them in the ground a little while ago now not really expecting very much to happen but so far this has happened in our tiny little patch.

garden pumpkin patch

 

It’s even better than it looks because as well as having a mass of leaves and flowers we’ve already got our first pumpkin growing and we’re hoping it’ll make a nice jack-o-lantern and a delicious pie come Halloween.

pumpkin close up

It’s still a dinky little thing at the minute but we have high hopes for it seeing as only a few short weeks ago it was a tiny bud and is already about five inches wide.

As if all that wasn’t exciting enough for Little Splodge when we went to do our morning check on our pumpkin we found these little visitors making themselves at home and helping themselves to some lovely pollen.

bees on pumpkin flower

 

So far we think our pumpkins are proving to be a bit of a success story. ¬†We’re on track to get a nice big pumpkin, Little Splodge has a chance to see where her food comes from and we’re encouraging mini beasts into the garden.

We’re really rather proud of ourselves.