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I decided it was time for a clean up. I don't like clutter and I have been feeling like my garden has been highjacked by a pumpkin vine and madagascar beans. So Garden got a haircut.


and after

The bed has now been planted with seedling and the rain was right on cue early this week.

Meanwhile the harvest was good 

So to celebrate I made spiced pumpkin cakes. Yummo!

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 21, 2015 at 22:15

LOL - I thought the same thing Susan.  A pumpkin lasts about 2 days at my place.  We love the stuff. 

Comment by Susan on March 21, 2015 at 21:45
We've already used 2 - admittedly, the two smallest. A family of 5 who all enjoy pumpkin makes it easy. Most is used either roasted or mashed (I don't boil pumpkin, just chop it up, put in microwave and cook for 8-10 min then mash)- some went in pumpkin scones and I've made about 3 roasted pumpkin and beetroot salads. The kids have been nagging me for pumpkin soup, but it's been too hot. I'll wait till it cools down before cutting one of the larger ones.
Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 21, 2015 at 13:30

I am curious to know what you are going to do with all of those pumpkins Susan. How do you plan to cook them?

Comment by Susan on March 21, 2015 at 12:08

I am just impressed that your yard looks that good after having a pumpkin all over it :)  I tried to keep mine contained to an L shape along the back corner and then cut one part of the L off as it only had 1 pumpkin on it when I picked that one.  The ground underneath was a weedy mess.  I picked all the other pumpkins 2weeks ago - ended up with 6 edible ones and then was too lazy to cut the rest of the vine back.  Went out there yesterday and have 3 more pumpkins about the size of rockmelons so YAY!! Guess I'll have to wait a little longer for the clean up. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 20, 2015 at 16:09

Oh, you are so lucky, what beautiful pumpkins. Now can you share your recipe for the Spiced Pumpkins in the Recipe Section, as I am sure some of us would love to make them.

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