Monday 26 October 2015

Nature Study: Pumpkins

The last October nature study, in Exploring Nature with Children, was about pumpkins. The book suggested visiting a farm or pumpkin patch. We don't have either of these locally but what we do have is our own garden grown pumpkins.

Back in the Spring, we started with a pack of seed from Lidl which cost all of 29p. They were amazingly easy to grow although I did use slug pellets when they were small as the slugs showed some interest. The fully grown plants took up loads of space.

They plants grew and flowered.

Then there were little pumpkins.

The little pumpkins grew into bigger pumpkins and turned golden.

Except for the one which is still resolutely green in the garden.

We weighed. floated our pumpkins
and drew them.

One has been sliced and roasted with olive oil, herbs and Parmesan-yummy! 

To go with the pumpkins, we pulled out the Australian book, Pumpkin Runner. 

We also have winter squash growing but sadly, I suspect that I planted these too late so they are at this stage now. It is difficult to imagine that they will grow large enough to harvest.

For completeness, we ought to read the Milly Molly Mandy story about how she was given an unknown plant which turns out to be a pumpkin.

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  1. Pretty good for 29p! We grew a giant pumpkin a couple of years ago from a seedling someone gave us, and I still have seeds saved from it, so I hope to try again next year. Thank you for mentioning the books :-)