A slave to the Goddess Flora shares his garden adventures.
Oh wow!! What a sight! Somehow I always thought they got composted somewhere, but it looks like only the foliage vines have been removed. Maybe it's the farmer's way of re-seeding the fields for next year? But then, why bother removing the foliage? You'd think some pig farmer somewhere would be interesting in taking the surplus...
This was a pumpkin patch before Halloween so the pumpkins were still sitting around. One farmer I talked to leaves them and tills them into the soil. Right now, the crows seem quite interested in them.
We pass a big field in Sumner on our way to the train station every morning that is covered in pumpkins. I don't know if the vines have actually been removed so much as they have just deteriorated. We've been wondering what will happen to them too.
We've got a couple of lovely pumpkins that have been hanging out inside the house, lending to the atmosphere. Problem is after Thanksgiving they're yesterday's news. What to do with them? They're so heavy I don't really want to toss them in the yard waste bin. You've just given me an idea, I'll take them over to the empty field a couple blocks away and let mother nature have her way with them.
Maybe I can send my raccoons and squirrels up that way to assist with pumpkin demolition!
I don't know about these fields but, at least on Sauvie Island, the pumpkins and various other gourds are just left in the fields to rot. It reeks if there's a warm day in early spring before they've totally decomposed or been tilled under.
I leave my pumpkins out for the critters. Maybe they have a huge feast in those fields when no one is looking.
Ashes to ashes, mush to mush.
If we leave our pumpkin out front, the squirrels eventually chew through the rind and eat all the leaves. Then it rots. Good reminder to take the pumpkin to the compost. Happy Thanksgiving.
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