April 22, 2013

Growing Pumpkins in Pumpkins


Growing a Pumpkin in a Pumpkin; fun idea right? This is another one of those projects I found on Pinterest that had nothing but a picture. *sigh* I wasn't sure it would work, or if there would be some sort of secret I needed to know.  And I really wanted to try it with big pumpkins, but mine rotted before we could. Besides I have no idea what we would have done with them through the winter!  

Luckily we still had some little pumpkins that hadn't rotted! 


Start by cutting the top off. I am terrible at this apparently, so it is a really good thing the top didn't have to go back on!  The girls were amazed by the seeds, and I was happy it wasn't too gooey after sitting so long.


I had each girl put some dirt in a pumpkin. I used a seed starter to be on the safe side, but pumpkins are supposed to be super easy to grow, so maybe it doesn't matter.


Of course we watered the pumpkins then and waited.


About a week later something is starting to show!


Within 3 days one of the pumpkins is exploding with sprouts! The other was just a little behind with two up and more pushing.


We decided we better plant them! You could see on the bottom all the roots coming through the pumpkin. This little pumpkin even had a shoot trying to come out the side!



The whole pumpkin gets planted and the girls water them (more then) thoroughly.



Now we hope the weather stays warm enough not to kill our pumpkins! Although if they are really as easy as everyone says they should come up anyhow! 

What I really like about this little experiment is how it demonstrates the circle of life. The new growth comes from the old and is nourished by the old. Really shows how nature works to maintain plants. Even seeds that fly away from their host are nourished by decomposing leaves and such in the soil. This just happens to be in one compact little pumpkin! 


66 comments:

  1. Thought I read it wrong! This is a great project to do with the kids :-) I would love it if you can link this up at our weekly party !

    http://withablast.blogspot.com/2013/04/all-my-bloggy-friends-link-party-43.html

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    With A Blast

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    1. You read right! Hope you get a chance to try it sometime! Thanks for inviting me!

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  2. thats awesome! ultimate in recycling LOL

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  3. This is so extremely cool! I wish I still had some pumpkins!! I'm pinning this and sharing it on my PreschoolPowolPackets Facebook page!!

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    1. I always hold on to non-moldy pumpkins way too long! Maybe you can try next year! Thanks so much for visiting and sharing!

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  4. I love this idea, Ashley! I'm always trying to figure out what kind of containers to start plants in, generally by digging through my recycle bin. Using a pumpkin that you can just snuggle right into the earth is awesome!

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    1. Really they would probably work for any plant if you remove the actual pumpkin seeds. Just got to keep them until springtime! Thanks for visiting!

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  5. I would love for you to link this Look What We Did. I am hoping to create an earth day feature from that link up and this would be a great one to include in that. -Savannah @ HammockTracks

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    1. Will do Savannah! Than ks for visiting!

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  6. I saw something like this last year but had completely forgotten about it. I know my boys will think this is so fun! I am pinning right now :) Thanks for reminding me of this fabulous idea! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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    1. Thanks for visiting and pinning! I hope you get a chance to try it!

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  7. How cool is that!!! We will definitely be doing that this year!!

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I hope you have great luck with it!

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I hope you try it; would love to see the results!

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  9. Great idea! Love "recycling" the pumpkins!

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    1. It is always great to recycle right? lol Thanks for visiting!

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    1. It has been a lot of fun! Hopefully we get some good plants out of it!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Diana! Just liked up to your Pin Me party! :)

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  12. Wow! This is amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I hope you get a chance to try it!

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  13. I love this idea! Wish I thought to save some mini pumpkins. Just pinned!

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    1. There is always next year! :) Thanks for visiting!

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  14. What a really amazing idea. I never know what to do with my empty pumpkins either!
    Thank you for linking up with the Spring Carnival.

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    1. I am kind of surprised by how well it worked myself! Thanks for hosting and visiting!

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  15. Jealous! We tried this project last fall and had no luck what so ever. Although the squirrels may have had something to do with that :-) Thank you for linking up this week to our Hearts for Home Blog Hop :-)

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    1. lol It must be pure luck then because I do not do well growing plants! I am glad we didn't try in the fall because I am afraid the poor plants wouldn't have made it to spring! If you try again you can send your squirrels to us; Bria is still trying to catch one!

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  16. Wow what a fun idea! My son would love to do this. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

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    1. It was interesting to see how it worked. I was actually a bit surprised it worked so well! Thanks for visiting!

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  17. What a neat experiment. Great for kids. Thanks for linking up at Artsy Play Wednesday. Your post has been pinned to our group board.

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  18. Fantastic experiment and what a wonderful idea - we've been planting pumpkin seeds that we saved from Halloween but really want to try this next year with the pumpkins that we grow.

    Thank you for linking to Tuesday Tots - just letting you know that I'm featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum this week.

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    1. Thanks for hosting and visiting! I hope you have a lot of success with it!

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  19. What a terrific idea. Please share it (and any others) on my family-focused Kid Corner @ http://wp.me/p280y0-SQ. You may just get highlighted next week :-) Jennifer

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    1. Just entered; shared some others yesterday too! Thanks for visiting!

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  20. What a great idea! Of course I just tossed out a "rotting" gourd of some tpe lastweek.. bet it would have worked too! Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Please join us again today!

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    1. I suppose they probably would. I had to toss ours a while ago! Thanks for hosting and visiting!

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  21. Love the idea, so creative. I am featuring this on iGameMom. thanks for sharing at Mom's Library. http://ow.ly/kAV5t

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    1. Thanks for visiting and featuring me! I will be sure to share!

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  22. Awesome idea, Ashley! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Pumpkin Unit Study Board at http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/pumpkin-unit-study/

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    1. Thanks for sharing and visiting Deb! I just hope I don't manage to kill them before fall!

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  23. Thanks for linking to Look What We Did. I have featured you today in a unit study.

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    1. Thank you Savannah! I will look for it!

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  24. Oh, how fun!

    Thank you for visiting Waldorf Wednesday. Hope to see you back this week!
    http://ourseasonsofjoy.com/waldorf-wednesday-link-up/waldorf-wednesday-31/

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  25. That is a fun idea. We will have to try that next spring.

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  26. Oh, we definitely will have to give this a try. Love it!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Carrie! I hope you do try it!

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  27. Oh, I am so trying this when we reach botany.

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    1. I hope you do try it! I love how you can see the roots busting through the old pumpkins!

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  28. I must remember this at Halloween. We have planted pumpkin seeds so fingers crossed they grow!

    I've included this in my Sunday Showcase features: http://www.herecomethegirlsblog.com/2013/05/04/the-sunday-showcase-plants-and-trees.html

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    1. Thank you Rebecca! I will be sure to share!

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  29. So love this! We just planted pumpkin seeds at the weekend.

    Thanks so much for sharing at Empty Your Archive - I have featured you at this week's party, Alice x

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  30. How creative! I love that you used the pumpkin as a pot - I'm sure it nourishes the soil you included. Thanks for sharing at the Discover & Explore Gardening with Kids linky!

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    1. All I know is they grew and are still alive! A pretty big accomplishment for someone with a not so green thumb!

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  31. what a cute and fantastic idea! love it!
    we had 'accidental' pumpkins one year growing out from one that hard started rotting mid winter that I ended up tossing outside.

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    1. We found an accidental pumpkin growing by the stump where we filled these with dirt! lol

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  32. Love this idea too! Boy I am glad I stopped by! Sarah @ HowWeeLearn.com

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  33. We will be doing this VERY soon! I love the idea! Thanks!

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