Since I was laid up for a good part of the spring with Lyme Disease, I really didn’t put that much effort into our vegetable garden this year. We threw in some peas, beans, tomatoes, potatoes, various squashes, and a variety of herbs, but no one bothered much to weed, or even water, for that matter, early in the season. Once I had the energy to actually give my plants a helping hand, I noticed a thick, green vine with huge leaves creeping out of the compost bin. Actually, it was more like charging out of the bin, at full force. I knew it was some type of squash plant by the leaves, but wasn’t exactly sure what kind of squash it might be. As the summer went on, this plant (well, two plants to be completely accurate) took over an entire corner of the yard. In fact, one of the tendrils even managed to rip off a side of the compost bin!
Jack and his Beanstalk be damned, here comes my feral pumpkin! The leaves were about 4 times the size of the leaves on my zucchini, summer squash and spaghetti squash. But, for all the effort it was putting into its amazonian foliage, there was no fruit to be seen. Finally, a couple of weeks ago, I spotted a small squash that has turned out to be a pumpkin. Its now about the size of a soccer ball, and still going strong. And, this morning, I noticed another little pumkin-let growing on another tendril. I’m crossing my fingers that by Halloween, we have a nice crop of feral pumpkins to carve into Jack-o-lanterns! I will certainly post a picture, if we do!