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Goats, gripes, and grasping for greatness
14th-Oct-2012 12:06 pm

I planted pumpkins, and they started wilting almost immediately. Everything I did seemed to do nothing, so I decided to just give up and ignore them. What few plants that were left went on to produce. I guess they thrive on being left to do their own thing... A few years ago we had some volunteer pumpkins that we "helped" by randomly watering once a month and evicting the goats. We got two monster pumpkins from those plants. I think next year I'm going to plant pumpkins in random places and totally ignore them and see if we get overrun.

14th-Oct-2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
My african violets did best when I ignored them.
14th-Oct-2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
nifty! and so - I leave you my icon for the month :)
14th-Oct-2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
If you transplant plants, they will wilt, and then with lots of watering (or ignoring, as you found) recover. If you plant seeds, you will in fact be COMPLETELY OVERRUN -- as we were this year by golden nugget squash, which are basically mini pumpkins. they took over the entire garden (which was supposed also to contain cucumbers and butternut squash. got a couple, but nowhere near the number of the nuggets.)
15th-Oct-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
I planted seeds, actually. So the wilting thing was likely overwatering.

I think next year I'm going to take over part of a goat yard again. It worked so well the one year that we didn't mean to do it...
15th-Oct-2012 01:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, I planted mine and then ignored them (I think I watered them 3x all summer) and they took over the woooooooooooooorld. fortunately pumpkin soup is delicious...
15th-Oct-2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
I throw pumpkin seeds on the manure pile every year and ignore them and they go nuts. This year instead, though, I did spaghetti squash. Got TONS of spaghetti squash. Going back to pumpkins next year - they are pretty, whereas spaghetti squash I feel obligated to eat.
15th-Oct-2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
Do you just pull out the plants that get moved when you try to use your manure other places?
15th-Oct-2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
I manure the garden long before I scatter pumpkin seeds, so the manure is secure till next year.
15th-Oct-2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Ahhhh. That makes sense.
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