It's that time of year again. One week ago, I planted my 2011 pumpkin patch. However, due to the difficulties I had with my pumpkins last year I actually started preparing the soil a couple of months ago. There's really only one place in our garden where I can realistically plant the pumpkins without them completely overtaking everything else. As a result, I got nothing but a crop of rather small pumpkins last year. So, not long after I harvested them last year I started researching ways to solve the problem. One of the results came to be known as "The Pumpkin Pit." I dug up a nice big area and, over time, I replaced the soil with a combination of soil from other parts of the yard, manure and compost. The result will hopefully be a much better yield of pumpkins this year. In addition to planting the traditional orange pumpkins I am, once again, going to try my hand at Big Max pumpkins this season. I have also planted white pumpkins.
Now, you may have noticed in these pictures that in addition to the cute little boy, there is already a pumpkin plant growing. Now, I don't want anyone thinking that I went out and traded our only cow for a pouch of magic pumpkin seeds. No, that was a Big Max starter brought to me by our dear friends and arch pumpkin growing rivals the Handys. They referred to this gift as "The Gauntlet." It would seem that the age old pumpkin growing contest betwixt our families has begun. I would like to say to the family Handy: IT'S ON LIKE DONKEY KONG!!