Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines the round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimmed their clammy cells.
from To Autumn by John Keats
I had trouble finding these cuties last year. One needs to be fast, visiting local farm stands in September before they’re sold out.
Pumpkins and gourds are easy to grow, so I bought seed in hope of saving money, and I did. For $7 I purchased seed from Harris Seeds (about $3 for 25 seeds plus shipping & handling) and sowed them in an indoor seed starting tray in late May, then my husband kindly transferred them outdoors in early July (way after danger of cold--the vines die easily).
By mid-September I have so many! Harvest early so they don’t turn yellow. This big wire basket displays an amount that would cost about $10 - $20 at a farmstand or lifestyle shop. There are many more coming – if you happen to be in Upstate New York contact me and I’ll give you some!
PS: Maria Carr is hosting a Cabbages & Roses giveaway at Dreamy Whites!
Until next time, stay shabby!