End of Season Notes for the East Garden | 2019

You know what I love about planting seeds? It’s always fun to see what comes from it.

My Dad gave B a corn seed earlier this spring and told her to plant it in our garden. We did, of course, and that sucker GREW. Eventually, TEN ears had grown on our Cornstalk That Could and we couldn’t help but be excited… but would it actually produce a good yield with all of those ears? (Spoiler alert: it would not.)

We wondered. We watched. We waited. We harvested.

We created… FRANKENCORN.

It wasn’t pretty, but it sure was fun to have that cornstalk growing in the garden.


Our carrots turned out pretty well. Earlier in the season I had hoped I thinned them enough, but I didn’t. There were lots of tiny ones (which were cute but useless,) but also had plenty of good sized carrots to blanch and freeze.

Cucumbers. Oh, the sad cucumbers. I shifted the vines to protect them from the invading pumpkins, but I shouldn’t have– I should’ve cut the pumpkin vines! Not much yield for the cucumbers OR the pumpkins. On the bright side, we did get two that were carve-worthy! I’ve never grown pumpkins before, so I learned some things along the way:

  1. Wait to plant them (late June?) because they were ready toooooo early this year.
  2. Prune the vines to encourage growth on the first (healthiest) pumpkins.

Our watermelons (the last of the plantings in our east garden,) were planted in a wet spot, and they were slow to start. They eventually grew well and we had a few decent sized melons to enjoy. Like with the pumpkins, I learned some things:

  1. Prune the vines to encourage growth on the first (healthiest) watermelons.
  2. B likes watermelon, L didn’t care for it.
  3. IF B wants to plant watermelons again, choose one with significantly less seeds inside than Sugar Baby. (Removal is zero fun for Mom.) πŸ™‚

β€œTo plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”

― Audrey Hepburn

Published by Kerri

Hi there! I love helping and encouraging others to try new things. Here on The Sunny Wren, you'll find useful tips, fun ideas, and inspiration for gardening, homesteading, and family fun.

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