Changing of the Guard(en)

With the realization that I have as much pumpkin as I can eat for a year, I had to move on to the hard choices.  Yesterday I was thinking I’d trim the vines, but today I decided that I needed to remove them altogether.  Those vines take up sun, water, time, and effort.  To leave them in place would be an inefficient use of resources.  And as much as I hate to put an end to things, I must. The dismembered vines are presently drying in the sun, and tonight will be returned to the compost pile to take the next step in the cycle.

I now have a good deal of open space.  If I were better prepared, I’d have plants waiting to plug right into those spots.  As it turns out, I failed to do that.  All is not lost, though.  My next move is to empty my compost bin and chicken straw into the open soil and let it rot.  In the meantime, I’ll start more paper pots with bean and zucchini seeds in them. While the seeds are germinating, the compost will have time to incorporate into the soil.  By the time the seedlings are ready to transplant, the soil should be rested and recharged and ready for more plants.

It was a great run.  I loved my pumpkin vine and the arbor it climbed. I’ll definitely be doing that again next year.  I have included pictures from beginning to end of this year’s monster.  Cheers to you, pumpkin, thanks for all you have done!

Baby Pumpkin vines, mid-April
Vines, mid-May
Vines, Mid-June
Vines removed, Early July

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