Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Pumpkin Problem Solved...

 Every year I try to grow a giant pumpkin.  This year I started them in a greenhouse.  Inevitably, one ended up on the roof.  It started to bow in the plastic, so we had to come up with a plan. 
Haley was my able bodied assistant and we devised the perfect pumpkin holder.  She is the taller of the two helpers.  The pumpkin problem is prevented.  Now we will see if I can get it to 100 pounds. I cut all of the extra vines and have been feeding it regularly.
 I have been busy in the kitchen.  I canned mixed vegetables, raspberry jelly, and dandelion wine.  I think I made the wine correctly, as it tastes as good as my first endeavor.  I took better notes.  I was not happy today as we drove out to the prairie property and I found the hail destroyed any hopes of buffalo berries or chokecherries.   
 I have been happily been hosting two hummingbirds this year.  There was also a surprise visit from the evening grossbeak.  I don't have very good photos, as my camera's photo card is full.  I will get another tomorrow.  

What have you been canning?  Any jam or vegetables.  I'm looking at canning banana peppers.  Does anyone have a good recipe?  What do you feed your pumpkins?  Hope everyone is enjoying their harvest.


  1. I don't do any canning because I am too frightened of poisoning us. By the way is that what is called putting your pumpkin on a pedestal?

  2. A friend laughed one time with my fair winning goal of the biggest squash. He said one needs to start them in cream and sugar he had heard. LOL You may have to put that in a sling. Canned whole tomatoes with my oldest this last week.

  3. The hummers are such a treat, I am seeing a sweet "couple" this year!!

  4. Good luck with the pumpkin. Laura Ingalls Wilder said she fed a pumpkin milk. I think lots of water and sunshine.

    No canning here, just fresh eating. Not a single red tomato yet. Bummer.

  5. Your pumpkin is great up there. I just keep mulching my pumpkins. My garden is starting to get tired. I am thinking of putting in a fall garden. I think you have great helpers in your garden. Your pictures are lovely. This time of year is nice as I am hearing lots of different kinds of birds as they come through. Have a great week!

  6. I'm already impressed with your pumpkin let alone if it makes it to 100 lbs. I didn't plant any pumpkins but did plant spaghetti squash which just have little golf ball sized squash at the moment - late.
    I laughed as I just sent my mom a message that the choke cherries are starting to turn. In another week or two they should start to darken and be ripe.

  7. Great idea for the pumpkin rest! I just did 14 jars of Peach Jam and my grandson comes on Saturday and he wants to learn how to make jam. I love to can!


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