Len refashioned the compost bin this summer. Now, in addition to an earlier remodel that made it possible to dump produce directly from the deck, the bin has two sections with removable sides. Isn't it lovely?
Our garden did not do well this year. It could be due to too much rain or not enough tending (I'm a big-time gardening slacker); we may never know.
Our most successful crops are our "volunteers"--pumpkins and butternut squash that grew from the compost!
My science program this year is inspired by Barb McCoy's nature study blog. It's filled with an overwhelming number of lessons and outdoor challenges based on Anna Botsford Comstock's classic Handbook of Nature Study. (free download here) The book has a lesson on pumpkins, so we started our fall session in our own backyard.
The remaining comments will be from Rebecca (age 8).
The tendrils are searching for something to grab onto so they can help the plant climb.
Here are two pictures of male flowers which make the pollen and do not produce any pumpkins.
The leaves are big and usually have five lobes.
Here are two unripe pumpkins. They start out green but then turn orange.