I’ve always wanted to grow my own pumpkins. I mean…how magical would it be to walk out your back door on October 1 and see a patch of these giant orange globes just waiting to be used for Halloween decorating?
But I have two MAJOR problems with being able to accomplish this:
- I live in the city with zero outdoor space. Seriously: zero, zilch, nada as in I don’t even have a patio or porch at my apartment. (I’m missing that more and more every year…)
- This is the biggie: I have a black thumb. Yup, I’m a plant killer. I’m getting better, but I’m still the girl who killed an aloe plant. An. Aloe. Plant.
So what’s a spooky little girl to do? Borrow her parent’s backyard (and Halloween party space!) and try it anyway, of course!
This past weekend my dad and I planted my little pumpkin patch, and I’ll be honest…I’m not sure how this experiment is going to go. I’m fully expecting it to end with dead plants and me having wasted around $5 on seeds at my local hardware store because, again…black thumb.
But maybe these little seeds will surprise me!
Here’s a peek inside the planting process:
Let’s plant a backyard pumpkin patch!
I picked up three varieties to give a try – all shown to grow in Texas from March – October. I picked early sweet sugar pie, jack-o-lantern and big max pumpkin seeds. Burpee happened to be the brand I kept running into everywhere.
My pumpkin patch space! I worry it won’t be sunny enough, but we’ll see what happens.
Making small hills to plant my seeds in for better drainage.
All ready for planting.
Fact: it helps if you’re a Halloween blogger and whisper a few encouraging words to your pumpkin seeds before planting…so they understand blog posts are depending on them. 🎃
Making holes of my seeds.
Photo evidence so I don’t forget what was planted where.
It might not be traditional, but I think it looks pretty sincere.
Drink up, boys! Here’s hoping I have some sprouts in the next two weeks.
Stay tuned to spookylittlehalloween.com for progress! I’ll be checking in over the next few months to let you know how this spooky little experiment goes. Here’s hoping my black thumb is just the thing these orange beauties need for Halloween! (See what I did there?)
Do you grow pumpkins?
I’d love to hear your best tips for this novice! Leave ’em in the comments.
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