I will now take you for a short walk in my Danish Ex-pat garden. Specifically the «pumpkin patch». Now, if you are a seasoned gardener, you will be absolutely horrified, so you might be well advised to look away.
When we rented this house, it was because of its location and the size of the garden. The house is OK, but not more. Actually I really dislike the house, but that is beside the point. I love the garden, and seeing we are animal lovers, this garden suits us perfectly. An added bonus, Old Mamasan gets to try her hand in growing vegetables. I have no idea what I’m doing, and my «pumpkin patch» is hard proof of my ignorance.
Thing is, we have so much room to grow things that the Karate Kid and myself went absolutely nuts in planting and seeding carrots, herbs, tomatoes and to fill out space – small, decorative pumpkins.
I do have a tendency to put off reading instructions until after the deed is done. Not this time 🙂 I read what the package said. It said that the seeds would grow into plants of 80-100 cm long, and that they could either climb or be stretched out on the ground. Oh goodie! I bought a cone of sorts for them to climb in, and planted the seeds all around the cone. Good going!
Next to it I planted some herbs, as we had soooooo much space! Right!
Now this theory would work out just fine, if only someone would have instructed the seeds to stop growing at the length prescribed on the packaging, I carefully stretched out one plant and measured it, and it is pushing 3 meters. It would also be most helpful if someone had the curtesy to include in the instructions; that the leaves will grow very big. Had I known this, then my plan would have been completely different!
My pumpkin patch is growing beyond the designated space, and in something that looks like a hostile takeover, some of my herbs and tomatoes has wilted due to lack of space and light. I guess I can safely say that my way of learning to garden – is by doing it wrong!
But. I will have the prettiest decorations on my dinner table in the fall. Guaranteed!