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Gourd-geous Planting: Squash

Picture this: a sun-kissed garden bursting with vibrant green vines and plump, colorful gourds (oh my gosh i'm getting so excited right now), that sounds amazing. If you're looking to embark on a gourd-geous gardening adventure, you've come to the right place! We're diving into the delightful world of planting cucumbers, squash, and pumpkins – three charming veggies that are not only delicious but also incredibly rewarding to grow. So, grab your gardening gloves and let's get started on this fruitful journey!

Cucumber CaperCucumbers: The Crispy, Crunchy Stars of Summer! Ah, cucumbers – the ultimate refreshment on a scorching summer day. These green wonders are a breeze to grow. We choose to grow these due to our family obsession over pickles and recently we have found that the store bought pickles we know and love are just not as crunchy as they used to be so we will be making our own homemade cucumbers when the time comes.

When planting begin by selecting a sunny spot in your garden, preferably with well-draining soil. Cucumbers thrive in warmth, so wait until all frost has bid adieu before planting those seeds. You can also start them indoors a few weeks before the last frost and then transplant the young seedlings outside. We decided to start ours outside in a separate pot to transplant when the time comes. Remember to provide them a trellis or support system to keep those vines from sprawling all over your garden like a secret cucumber conspiracy! Regular watering and a bit of mulch will keep the soil consistently moist, which cucumbers adore. And here's a tip: play some light music near your cucumber patch – rumor has it that they thrive on positive vibes!

Squash Shenanigans Squash: From Delicate Blossoms to Delectable Dishes! Get ready to fall in love with squash – the versatile garden gem that can turn into soups, casseroles, and even pies. But before you're savoring the flavors, let's talk about planting. Squash seeds are best sown directly into the soil when the weather is warm and welcoming, however I decided to leave ours in a plastic bag and germinate them and I LOVED the results, they got huge and are still growing.

These plants are notorious for their sprawling tendencies, so make sure they have ample space to spread their leaves and vine out. Don't hesitate to give them a bit of a pep talk – who knows, it might just encourage them to grow bigger and better!And the excitement doesn't stop there – squash blossoms are not just a treat for your taste buds but also a feast for your eyes. Their vibrant yellow and orange hues are a delight to behold. Feel free to harvest some blossoms for culinary adventures, but remember to leave a few behind to turn into the scrumptious squash you've been dreaming of.

Pumpkin Party Pumpkins: Carving, Cooking, and Fall-Filled Fun! When it comes to pumpkins, our minds might jump to Halloween and carving spooky faces, but these orange giants have so much more to offer! To begin your pumpkin-growing escapade, choose a sunny location with nutrient-rich soil. Like squash, pumpkins love to spread out, so plan for some spacious real estate in your garden.For those aiming to have their own pumpkins for Halloween, count backward from October and plant your pumpkin seeds accordingly. This gives your pumpkins enough time to grow big and bold for that perfect jack-o'-lantern. I fear we may have started ours a smidge too late but we will have to see, they have blossomed but I am getting slightly nervous, feeling like we maybe should've planted them in July rather than August. As your pumpkins grow, you'll notice their enchanting transformation from tiny green orbs to substantial, round pumpkins. Don't forget to capture this magical journey with photos – it's like documenting your own pumpkin fairy tale!

And there you have it – your ticket to a gourd-geous adventure in the world of cucumbers, squash, and pumpkins! From the refreshing crunch of cucumbers to the versatile delights of squash and the fall-filled fun of pumpkins, these three veggies are waiting to turn your garden into a lush, vibrant haven. So, roll up your sleeves, grab your gardening tools, and let the gourd-geous journey begin. With a dash of sunshine, a sprinkle of care, and a whole lot of love, you'll soon find yourself surrounded by a bounty of delicious, homegrown delights. Happy planting! 🌱🥒🍂

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