Early this year ,I was inspired to devote time to nurturing my kitchen garden. The greens and the herbs did well but the vegetables were another story altogether. The trials continued with a variety of seeds. One day ,we decided to plant some pumpkin seeds. With little or almost no experience or on how to grow pumpkins ,it was only my enthusiasm that carried me forward. The shoots and leaves dutifully made it’s appearance in a few days. Once a week I continued to spray them with a blend of ginger ,garlic and green chilli paste mixed with a bucket of water. In a month’s time , the creeper had taken over most of the ground space. Thankfully no other seeds had been planted there. A profusion of big mango yellow flowers with pointed petals,all open to the sky burst forth in another week and boy did they look beautiful ! It was at this point that it dawned on me ,that I needed to educate myself further about growing pumpkins. Looking at the large leaves ,spread contentedly ,with the sunny flowers side by side ,the term “pumpkin patch” was so apt ! I could also relate to why so many of the kiddie paraphernalia is named after this particular kind of plant growth. They look absolutely delightful. The first flowers are what I call the test flowers and they may dry out before maturing. That’s just a part of the natural cycle..