Last week we finally harvested our two pumpkins that we grew with Mrs. Garrity's second grade. The pumpkin seedlings had been a donation from one of our second graders last year, and he and his class had a blast harvesting and weighing them. The students spent a class period out in the garden, and cleaned out the pumpkin bed, transferred all the pumpkin vines and plant materials into the compost, and harvested the two pumpkins which were a dill variety. The dill variety of pumpkin is named after Howard Dill of Nova Scotia and are most commonly used to grow giant pumpkins. The pumpkins usually end up weighing between 50 and 100lbs when harvested. Mrs. Garrity's class borrowed the scale from the nurse's office and we weighted each pumpkin. The first pumpkin weighted 38lbs and the second weighed 63lbs.
This week we decided to carve the pumpkins with the second graders, so we could display them in front of our new greenhouse for our annual school Halloween parade on Friday afternoon. Unfortunately when we began carving the pumpkins, we quickly found that they were very thick and extremely difficult to carve. We quickly changed our plans, and had the second graders decorate and draw faces on the pumpkins with markers. The students had just as much fun decorating the pumpkins instead of carving them. If you are walking past the school anytime soon, you can find them sitting on some hay bales outside our new greenhouse for the parade tomorrow!