The Great Pumpkin Adventures of Diana Doucet
Chapter Four - Ramble On

Leaves are falling all around,
It's time I was on my way.
Thanks to you, I'm much obliged
for such a pleasant stay.
But now it's time for me to go.
The autumn moon lights my way.

June 9 Five yards of compost are spread over the growing area in the front patch.  (a depth of two to three inches over 1200sqare feet. )   The 12' by 12' area around the planting site  that was prepared earlier is not touched.  The final touch is to till the compost in.  The prepared bed in the foreground is for a stand of corn.


June 9 The rear patch gets the same treatment.  The 937 Mombert is in the forground.  The 947 Patrick is in the background.  Both plants are about 5 weeks old.


June 20 The final site preparation step is to double dig a four foot wide trench along the path the main vine will grow.  First the loose soil is dug up and moved to the side, then a half of a yard of compost is added and tilled in to a depth of 6" - 8".  The topsoil is then replaced and mounded over the trench.  The 875 Dill is 7 weeks old in this picture and the main vine is nine feet long.


June 22  The first two male flowers open up on the 937 Mombert.  The weather has been exceptional the last few weeks.  Mid 80's during the day and low 60's at night.   The main vine on the three plants are growing 6" to 12" a day.
June 26 I've found female flower buds on all three plants.   The 947 Patrick has two on the main and one on every side vine that is over four feet long.    The two plants in the rear patch are now seven weeks old.  The 937 Mombert in the forground is 12' long.  The 947 Patrick in the background is 11" long and rooting heavily from almost all leaf junctions.

Ten Days in June
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Gonna ramble on, sing my song.
Gotta keep searching for my dreams.
Gonna work my way, round the world.
I can't stop looking for what it means,
Stretch out my arms, leaves unfurled...

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