Look Where My Pumpkins Popped Up!!

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Okay, this post title makes me giggle!  I have tried for eight years to grow pumpkins in my backyard.  Every year yields big leaves and no pumpkins.  A few years ago our  neighbors sneaked into our yard while we were out and “planted” full size pumpkins in my pumpkin patch!  It was the cutest, most original surprise! Here’s a peak at the ONLY pumpkin I have grown: this is full size!

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I have tried growing them here in a raised bed:

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I tried raising them in steel tubs:

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And, where do they end up growing. In the front yard, near the front porch behind a large rock. Like they were hiding from me or taunting me.  So how did they get here, 25 yards from prior patches?  Well after Thanksgiving,  I missed the garbage truck and I had rotting pumpkins  to hide minutes before an annual Couples Christmas Cocktail Party. So, I stashed the rotting pumpkins behind the rock. And, here is my new pumpkin patch:

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Backyard solution for my backyard 18 x18 {doggy} litter box ?

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I keep waiting for Ahmed from Yard Crashers to help me, but my tweets to him have not been retweeted.   I have profiled my back yard mess in the past, but since removing our shutters from our dining room the first thing family and friends see when they walk into our main living area is this view: :

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Here’s the view from the other corner.

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This space was designed by the previous owners to accommodate a play set. And, it did until  the play set slowly  rotted away (literally).  We  are now left with an 18×18 space that our dogs now deem their own private dog park to do their business and then some!  Ugh!  And, yes I see the carved bear in the “park.”  Even the bear has his back turned to the disaster zone!

Last summer we had 3 estimates to address this mess and all three bids were about $10,000 over our budget!  And, this is a project that gets pushed to the back of the line every time there is an “unscheduled expense.”  As spring kicks into gear  I am looking for cheaper, temporary solutions until we have the cash to create the space we really want.  Or, until Ahmed gets my tweets and shows up in our driveway!

Here is the inspiration from Pinterest  that got me thinking I could actually do this- by myself!  How hard can it be?

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What do you think?  Does anyone know how to pull up the rail road tie bolts?

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