I’m growing my own pumpkin patch for Halloween! You may have seen my first post after I planted my patch. You might also follow me on Instagram and see my updates in my story feed. But today, I’m checking in to share some photos of my little pumpkin babies’ progress.
I’ve never grown pumpkins before, and – if I’m honest – I tend to have a gray thumb. Right now the lavender and sage I planted are pretty much dead, and I’ve killed a cactus in the past month. I mean heck, I’ve even an aloe plant before! I’m like a living horror movie for plants.
But I decided to give pumpkins a try anyway.
The biggest challenge? Surprisingly, it was not my gray thumb – it was finding a space to grow them.
See, I live in an apartment in a city with zero outdoor space. I don’t even have a balcony. My outdoor space is opening my windows the five days a year it isn’t humid as hell in Houston. It kinda bums me out.
Thankfully, my parents were gracious enough to let me take over a little corner of their backyard for my pumpkin patch experiment. (And subsequently look after my pumpkin babies when I’m not there.) I planted three varieties: sugar pie pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns and Big Max pumpkins.
So how’s it going?
Here’s a peek at my pumpkin patch over the last six weeks:
As a reminder, this is where we started on the day I planted. Since I’d never done this before, I wasn’t sure if my pumpkins would get full sun the way the need it, whether I was spacing them right or if they’ll suck all the nutrients out of the ground. But…so far I’ve been pleasantly surprised!
In just four days, I already had sprouts!
And at ONE WEEK, all three varieties I planted were taking off – here’s my smallest variety I planted, the sugar pie.
My mid-size pumpkin, the jack-o-lantern variety.
And my big guys, the Big Max!
At two weeks they were impressive – I couldn’t believe how quickly they grew!
One month in, I started seeing hints of vines beginning to grow.
And at five weeks, blossoms!
These last two photos were taken Monday night, six weeks into the growing process.
Since I’m not out at my parents’ house every day, my mom and dad have been sending me updates. Here’s hoping week 7 brings blossomed flowers and then…baby pumpkins!
Have you ever planted a pumpkin patch?
This is definitely a learning experience for me, and I look forward to sharing all my tips and tricks I’ve learned. Until then, I’d love to hear yours! Share them in the comments.
I’ll check in again later this summer with another update.
Special thanks to my mom and dad for kindly looking after my little pumpkin patch when I’m not there!
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