This is another episode of Previously on Amara and comes from the summer of 2007, also known as the Summer of the Pumpkin. Amara would have been three years old then and she loved helping Grandma in the backyard.
I was reading Grandma J’s blog the other day and she wrote how she wanted her grandchildren to have a chance to grow their own Halloween pumpkins. 5 years ago I had wanted Amara to have a chance to do the same thing. Unlike Grandma J we didn’t have any place to grow pumpkins in AmaraLand. And we certainly didn’t have a place to build a cool green house for the pumpkins like shes doing. But back then I thought it would be fun to try growing them from seeds in a big pot. It works for tomatoes why not with pumpkins?
These are our 2 little seedlings just after they came up. These were to be our giant pumpkins. It had said so on the package of seeds.
It wasn’t long before we had little flowers and the beginnings of a vine. We were both excited and our hopes were up that we would have pumpkins!
Amara would sometimes wear Grandma’s hat out to the garden. And of course any trip to check the backyard meant you had to take time on the swing set.
The little flowers were just fascinating for both of us. The bees and the ants seemed drawn to them, too. I took this as a good sign.
Amara had her own little pink watering can. Little pumpkins stand a much better chance of surviving a 3 year old with a watering can than one with a hose.
She would run to the backyard to check on it as soon as she got here. Our pumpkin vine was getting longer and we even had a little pumpkin.
Amara continued to water it carefully. Our one little pumpkin was growing slowly but our vine wasn’t. I had read it could grow as much as 6 feet in one day. Ours never got to 6 feet.
This is as big as it ever got. The butterfly weed from Aunt tried to cheer it on.
We never got our pumpkin but we did have a wonderful summer. My experiment to grow pumpkins in a pot may have failed, but it didn’t really matter. We’d had fun outside together trying. We will have other experiments that fail, too but we won’t care. We will just keep having fun and making memories.