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covering the pumpkins

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This year our garden was an unqualified failure.  Between the slugs and the shade, none of my poor pumpkin vines made it to the orange pumpkin stage.  But in the past, we have had worthy pumpkin patches.  One year our pumpkins were so prolific, one of the vines even strayed upward, into a maple tree.  In October, we had an orange pumpkin in the tree, about four feet above the ground.

my son with pumpkins from our garden, about 22 years ago

This year, my pumpkin sightings have been in other people’s gardens and in the bins at the grocery store.  At least I am spared the desperate efforts of the past, to squeeze one more day of growing from the season, by covering the pumpkins before the frost.

a prolific pumpkin patch, photographed during our visit to Ontario in 2011

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covering the pumpkins

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on the mattress, these sheets

are ample, enough for warmth

and twist and tumble

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spread here, on low-lying ground

they barely cover one of twenty

pumpkins, one loop of vine

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weather channel warns of frost

will wilt these leaves, cold-kiss

this perfect orange with brown

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vines stretch, toes creep

from under, beg more time

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Copyright  Jane Tims  2012

Written by jane tims

October 22, 2012 at 7:18 am

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