Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pumpkin in interesting places

You probably thought I was joking when I said it. But you should know me better than that by now. I really am going to grow pumpkins on the car-port roof. To the right we have my three exploratory pumpkin seedlings - over the next few months I'm going to train these up the posts, and let them go nuts on the new frontier.

There are so many reasons why this is a good idea. First of all - Its a huge area that's otherwise completely useless. And aesthetically, this car port isn't going to win any architecture awards - its a large area of ugly that needs to be hidden.

But where I'm really hoping to win big is with the car-port micro-climate. It's a very open site with good air flow, full sun - and a big heat battery underneath. There's also no soil on the carport. This combination will hopefully keep the plants dry and reduce attacks of mildew. While I'm predicting the plants will fry over the middle of summer, I'm hoping the growing period for this area will extend a little further through Autumn. Maybe even into winter.

But most importantly - I could never grow enough pumpkin. They're super easy to grow, and store really well over winter. And when we have an abundance, they find their way into most meals.

And I can't wait to see how it looks on the satellite photo.

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