Thursday, 30 October 2014


I tried really hard to get a pumpkin triffid patch growing in the garden this year so Small could experience first hand the life cycle of a pumpkin.  We'd saved some seed from last year's Halloween pumpkins, and having a vague idea that these things can grow quite large, we planted just two seeds.  They both grew, and between them have pretty much taken over the garden.  Note to self:  Next year, plant them down at the allotment!

While both plants have produced masses of flowers - which apparently last for just one day - and lots of tiny pumpkins, the slugs and snails have had a field day munching all the baby pumpkins.  The one that got the furthest had grown to around the size of a grapefruit, but even that has lost the battle to the slimy devils.  So we had no home grown pumpkin to carve for tomorrow.

After a frantic hunt around as most of the stores seemed to have sold out, we managed to find two small ones and two a bit bigger, which have now been carved ready for the trick-or-treaters.

Until next time. x

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