Thursday, June 21, 2012

Plant detective...

Got a call from grandma the other day requesting my detective skills. I gathered my detective equipment to go to grandma's in such a hurry, I forgot to put my shoes on.
I really wished I had my shoes as I had to go into grandma and grandpa's tomato patch to investigate this case.

The back story: When grandma and grandpa planted their tomatoes they amended the soil with a bag of composted manure. Grandma said she saw a bunch of white things in the manure, but didn't think much about it. Now, a few weeks later, they have a bunch of mysterious plants growing. Grandma said she was planning to pull them out because they would crowd the tomato plants.
Hmmmm, I wonder what they are? Maybe zucchini? Or maybe yellow squash?
Let me get a closer look, hmmm, do you see what I see?
There's a seed. A great clue.

Looks like a pumpkin seed! I think the cow that supplied the manure ate pumpkins. I asked grandma to transplant a few to another location in their yard, so I can see if I solved the mystery.
Then I took the opportunity and put my "Inspected by Buttons" mark on the tomato bed. I gave this whirly-gig to grandpa for Father's Day several years ago, they had it in a less prominent location, so I moved it. I only got my feet a little bit dirty, thank God it wasn't muddy, because I would have been hearing the "b" word from mom.

Grandma told me she transplanted 3 of the seedlings. (to the garden bed you can see behind me in the first picture)  We will see what happens, maybe I'll have a pumpkin patch at grandma & grandpa's house.
ANNOUNCEMENT-   Yes, it's true, I did meet Marlowe. That posting is coming soon, my secra-beary is hard at work on it. So stop back soon!

Grr-bye for now,



Jerry and Ben said...

The garden looks good Buttons! We like to help in the garden too, and Jerry is always looking for bees because bees means honey is nearby.

We're so jealous that you got to meet Marlowe! We can't wait to see your photos!

Eldritch the Dragon said...

We grew pumpkins once. They're really good fun and you can hollow them out at Hallo Ian and make lanterns with them!

Alexander Mackenzie Bear said...

Great detective job Buttons! Your mum must be very proud of you, even if you did forget your shoes at home... and got your feet a titch dirty. But... as you say, good thing it wasn't muddy! Can't wait to see what comes of the pumpkins...

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Good luck with your Pumpkins Buttons! We've got some growing, but they are only in little pots. We don't have a big enough garden for them really. still, they are pretty interesting and I think they will be big plants.