Pumpkin Planting Day

We planted the pumpkins on June 11th. It was a busy day, and we started at about 8:00 am. We had a group of 12 people and it took us 7 hours total. We figured that we planted about 12,000-15,000 seeds! We doubled the size of the field we had last year, and we have 8 varieties growing instead of just 2 we had last year. The varieties are: Sugar, Connecticut Field, Howden, Big Max, Lumina, Cinderella, Jack be little, and Atlantic Giant. So far they are coming up great!

Just one of many holes dug that day!

2 seeds per hole

A cute little “helper”

Don’t worry, these won’t grow blue pumpkins! These are treated Lumina seeds. They are treated to help prevent disease, and so the squirrels won’t want to eat them. This was the only variety we planted with treated seeds, so we’ll see if it makes a difference.

More seeds!

Getting later in the afternoon

My friend Kelli on the left, me on right. We worked in teams. Our legs were sore the next day!

Turning on the drip line to water the newly planted seeds.

Look at those handsome boys! Friends on left and middle, our oldest son on the right.

Our twin boys were quite the team!

I am smiling because we are ALL DONE!

 Of course, we have the usual obstacles of rabbits and squirrels and there are a lot of weeds coming up this year! Way more than last year at this time. It is overwhelming! The kids and I have been out weeding almost every morning this week, we weeded as a family a few evenings. We had a few friends helping, yet we still weren’t making the progress we needed to. So we gathered a crew of our friends teenage kids to make some money and help us get more done. In 3 hours we got just as much done as it took our whole family all week! Many hands make light work, right?

The weeding crew – hard working and awesome!