I had grand plans for a garden at the house, but as soon as I started digging it, I realized someone had put some sort of fabric a few inches beneath the surface and it was hard to dig through. But I managed to find a space along the ghastly chain link fence along my property line to plant some gourds and pumpkins.
I put six plants in and figured that it would be enough to help cover the fence and maybe get a pumpkin or two. It was slow going at first, but then when we got that hot spell last week, the plants really started growing.
I had gourds at one of my other houses, and they took over the garden. Apparently, they can grow up to a foot a day. Funny story… I had gone to Texas for a wedding in early September, and when I came back, the gourds had climbed up by back door and had covered my roof – in one week!
The tendrils reach out and find something to wrap around, and then pull themselves up. I do try and direct them to grow in the direction that I want them to go.Should you care to read a bit more about the “self-winding of helices in plant tendrils”, you can click here. The tendrils tend to wind themselves one way, and then straighten out and start winding the other way. It’s really fascinating. Or maybe I am a dork.
The plants have been blossoming for the past few weeks, and I am trying to decide whether to pull all but one flower off, and let the plant concentrate on growing one pumpkin, or just let the plants do what they want.
Stay tuned for more updates from the pumpkin patch!