Pumpkins (again) + Storm

The life of trying to grow pumpkins..

This week we spotted early signs of powdery mildew (we bought some Serande and it’s been working great).

Last night we had a crazy storm.  We usually get 2-3 of these a summer.  They are the types of storms that make you fear for your garden completely, as well as wish you had a basement.  Maybe I’m being overly dramatic but we’re talking 60mph winds on a roof.. let’s stay inside, ok?  We knew the storm was coming so we quickly got to the roof to raise the wind blockers, then we waited for the storm to roll in.  We stood in the stairwell once it started and man was my heart racing. The wind was crazy, the first thing we saw was our tree blow over, then the support of the beans looked like it was just going to collapse.  But let’s get to the heart: the pumpkins.  The pumpkins are just on the roof, there’s nothing we can do for them.  Man was I a nervous wreck.  Matthew made me go downstairs to our room because he said he didn’t want me to get hurt, but really I think he was just trying to prevent me from having a pumpkin breakdown and crying on the stairs.  This was good though because I raced down to our room and remembered our windows were open! So as I got in the room, the cats came running to me and the wind was blowing hard through the screens.  Maybe I’m overly emotional, I’m told I’m naturally maternal, but I picked up my cats, closed those windows and broke into tears.  Then I cleaned like a crazy person to wait for Matthew to come down.  This is my Friday night.  Anyways, eventually Matthew came back downstairs but he said he couldn’t do much as it was still storming and he didn’t want to die. Eventually the storm eased up and he threw on a poncho to go investigate.  He said everything looked ok, a few cracks in some of the stems, but not horrible (like last years storm which killed our pumpkin and caused more water works).  I just realized the garden makes me cry alot.  Is this normal?

ANYWAYS.

Like I posted earlier this week we saw some female flowers beginning on the pumpkin and we knew one was going to bloom this morning.  So I set the alarm for 6:30AM and we went up to the roof to assist and hand pollinate.  Girl meet boy.  Also, we saw the garden from the storm last night.  The tree was completely knocked over, the entire wind fabric was torn off the peas and berries, the pumpkins were pushed to one side.. but all is ok.  PHEW.  Close call.

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More early morning goodies behind the cut.

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No makeup, no hair brushing, lots of nose freckles, Matthew is asleep, 6:30AM gardening picture. Hello there.  My lips look like moisturized though, holla.

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One of the males in our mini patch.

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About to K-I-S-S-I-N-G.

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The garden in the early hours.

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This is the pumpkins last night before the storm, to get a idea of how much they are growing in/out of the box.

After the storm:

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Tree completely knocked down, pumpkins blown to the side, strawberry wind blocker completely knocked off.

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Pea wind blocker completely torn off, scarlet runner beans looking a little uneven in the background.

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