Jack’s Prized Pumpkin

Pumpkins are an essential accessory for Halloween. Last year we took Jack to a farm where he selected his own pumpkin. He was amazed that it grew from a seed. Gardening is a joy that Jack has embraced, so when we carved last year’s pumpkin we held back a few seeds and placed them in an envelope to plant in Spring.  To be honest, I was not sure if our non-ground-based garden would be able to handle a plant as large and as thirsty as pumpkin, but lo it has!

It may not be the largest or best shaped pumpkin, but it was grown 100% by Jack in a foot deep container garden and he’s thrilled. We’ve been watching it for months and this weekend we finally cut it.

His pride cannot be measured in words. It sits place-of-honour on our piano and he points it out with beaming face to all who come through our front door. Even the meter-reader gave Jack a high-five because he could see how important and exciting it is for Jack. As he tells everyone,

“This is my prized pumpkin! Grown all by myself!”


  1. Joan says:

    I love the display on the piano! Will you make a pie with Jack’s prized pumpkin after Halloween?

    • Meg Stone says:

      Thanks for the suggestion! It would not make a very big pie though! :) I’m not sure what Jack will want to do, he’s in awe of it whole so we may just leave it that way for the duration of Autumn.

  2. Bea says:

    You have a beautiful family.

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