My friends, family and neighbors have all let me down. Many a pumpkin was offered, and very few have left my yard. Even my pumpkin thieving, (loving) sister didn't take very many this year. All in all, I was only able to give away around 20. When there are nearly 500, 20 does not make a dent.
So, I set to work painting and carving the ripe ones. The kids and the husband carved a few each. The green ones have been used as props for the orange guys. Even if more had turned orange in time for Halloween, I'm sure they still would have been used in the same way.
On the deck and in front of the house, there are just over 300 pumpkins. That is not counting ornamental gourds of which there were around 200, and they are scattered here and there. I had a fantastic gourd patch this year. There were so many different types, I never knew what I was going to find when I went out to pick a few.
You know what I really love about my Halloween decorations? Ninety-nine percent of them are compostable. I get to start from scratch every year, and I do not have to store them.
Here are the numbers - Outside in front of the house and on the deck - 300. Scattered around the yard - 25. In the house - 50. And left in the garage are 85. Of course, as far as squash go, there are many, many more that are being stored for winter eating. Acorn, buttercup, butternut, spaghetti and zucchini all produced abundantly this year. I need a Pinterest board just for squash recipes.
Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween...