Thursday, July 8, 2010

Apparently, We Need More Bees

I spend most of my summer days making sure the kids don't get stung by our abundant supply of wasps and bees. But, apparently, since we're growing 10 acres of pumpkins, we need more bees. The night before we left for the 4th of July weekend, we rented ourselves some bees. Yup, rented them. Yet another industry I knew nothing about. So, in the cover of darkness, the beekeeper and Dave set up some hives out in the pasture, next to the field. This is as close as I care to get for a picture. But, if you really squint and strain, you can see the white boxes in the distance. Maybe next year, when you come out to The Pumpkin Ranch for pumpkins, you can also buy some honey!

The Pumpkins are Running!

There is no faster way to get a 2 and 4 year old running to look out the window than to exclaim, "The pumpkins are running!" That is what Dave announced upon our return from the 4th of July weekend. Not only have our plants started blooming, but vines are now meandering their way into the rows or, as pumpkin people say, they're running.

I'm not sure if the kids were disappointed or relieved to hear that the pumpkins were not literally running!