Everything’s coming up pumpkins

Remember when we returned to school last fall and were welcomed by bright orange, round pumpkins in the outdoor classroom? Their vines sprawled across the paths, reaching for the storm drains. That crop resulted from just three pumpkins that Mrs. Holt, Mrs. G and Ms. Evers left out there to rot.

If we’re lucky, we’re going to have an even bigger pumpkin harvest this September. Ms. Evers moved the 14 pumpkins to this bed in the open courtyard, where they have been decomposing. Pumpkin leaves started sprouting last week — at least 40 of them on top of a pumpkin that hasn’t even completely rotted yet! In the picture below, every two leaves is one new vine. If you look closely, you can see how the emerging leaves split the seed shells open.

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