We were SO EXCITED to harvest a genuine, real life pumpkin which grew out of our buried vegetable scraps.
We gave up long ago on the compost bin – the typical black plastic bin of well-meaning suburban gardeners, which is a total pain to turn and never seems to result in compost. Now we just dig a hole, chuck in the food scraps, cover it over, and let it do its own thing. Works well (though digging is a bit more effort than putting something in a bin, and we have to remember not to leave it too long or we soon have vege scraps composting on the kitchen bench).
The pumpkin was gloriously fragrant and we made it into Moroccan spiced pasties, which the kids ate for school lunches for a week. Yum.
Meanwhile, the paulownia tree is shedding its leaves – an opportunity for the kids to earn a couple of dollars clearing them up.