101in1001 #2

Grow and carve a pumpkin with Isla #101in1001 #45

Grow and carve a pumpkin with Isla #101in1001 #45

I think it’s a lovely thing to do crafty things and gardening things with your little ones, which is why I added grow and carve a pumpkin with Isla on to my list of 101 things to complete in 1001 days. It’s two things that I love doing most, I love doing gardening, and I love doing crafty things. I just don’t always have the time to do either!
So, earlier on this year I bought a just a cheap packet of pumpkin seeds from Wilko, like they were £1, and they were called jack-o’-lantern pumpkins. I sowed a few, and it turns out they grow really really easily. We planted them out at the allotment, just two of them, planted in a bed next to the onions and the garlic. A lot of places I’ve read say they need about 1m.sq per plant, but ours had more than that. But wow, they really really spread! I read somewhere that certain types of pumpkins you can grow up like in a wigwam, which I think is a great idea, but we just decided to leave them and let them run wide. When we checked on them in about September sort of time we had quite a few pumpkins. There must have been at least 10 or so! When we came to picking some just before Halloween, for some reason there were only 5 there! So I don’t know asked whether they’d been eaten, or died, or some lovely little kids in the village has stolen them? Either way, I’m ok with that, as we had enough for what we needed. We picked three of them on this occasion, a medium-sized one for Isla to carve, and then two big ones that we decided to try to cook something with. (We made a prawn and pumpkin curry, which was actually really really nice. I’ve never really been a fan of pumpkin before, but in this curry it was really nice, if a right faff!)
Grow and carve a pumpkin with Isla #101in1001 #45
So as ever, we left it to the last-minute to carve our pumpkin!  I hollowed out the pumpkin while Isla was at nursery on Halloween, and then when she came home we started carving it together. She wasn’t too sure about it all, so we went outside and had a look at the other houses in our street that have pumpkins and showed her what it was we were making, and she got quite excited and so was then quite happy to continue. It was quite cute doing the pumpkin with Isla. She told us where to do the face, and I then carved it.
It was then time to put a tea light in the pumpkin and turn the lights off. Isla enjoyed it for about 5 seconds before she decided it was too dark! So the lights went back on, and we put the pumpkin on display and had it lit for a few more nights until it started to go a bit dodgy! I think Isla quite enjoyed it. She definitely enjoyed helping water the pumpkin at the allotment. Give the girl a watering can or a hose and she’s as happy as Larry! I at least, enjoyed growing and carving it with her, and it’s definitely something that will do again in future years.
Grow and carve a pumpkin with Isla #101in1001 #45
So there we go, I’ve successfully ticked off grow and carve a pumpkin with Isla off from my list

Check out my whole list on this post. If you’d like to see how I’m progressing with all my other tasks, then have a look at my list on the Day Zero Project site

Grow and carve a pumpkin with Isla #101in1001 #45

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.