As the title of this post may have communicated, we hadn't quite planned on this happening, but when we threw the softening pumpkins from last Halloween to the compost pile, we should have expected as much! Actually, we're thrilled we have a virtually no effort pumpkin patch going back at the far end of the veggie garden ... the last time we tried pumpkins, they did fantastically most of the summer until later when the stinkbugs came in and sucked them dry, which we really hope doesn't happen this year.
If this little experiment we have going back in the veggie garden works out to (the most recently hatched) plan, we will have, at virtually no cost, our own Corn stalks and pumpkins for the fall display! We're even going to expand a little bit back there and plant yet another row or two of corn, because even though the first seeds were literally planted in MUD, they're doing great! So if we can eke another 2-3 weeks out of summer this year, we should have a second crop of corn. We'll see how that all turns out though... if nothing else, we'll have stalks!
Lesson learned: unintended consequences most often aren't pretty, but in this case they were! I just wish I had gotten pics of the many blooms that were open on July 3 (the day before I took these), they are truly beautiful and huge flowers!