Laura & the Giant Pumpkin

Okay, giant might be a strong word to use here in the title. Presently, the pumpkin is about the size of a basketball as you can see from this photo. So why a giant pumpkin? They’re actually from seed from the word famous Howard Dill Pumpkins.

Summer here in Nova Scotia is about all about growing things. Well almost. It’s also about swatting mosquitoes and black flies and chasing those annoying dog flies around. I won’t  even mention ticks because right there is another blog post for another time. Believe me. If you live in rural Nova Scotia you know what I’m talking about.

There’s never been a time when I didn’t have a vegetable garden, but this is the first time we’ve attempted a giant pumpkin. Last year, my son grew one in his back yard in Lower Sackville that reached over two hundred pounds. Not bad when you think that he started his plants late and grew them in a planter box. This year he’s vowing to grow a ginormous one and guess what? The contest is now on. Will a rural pumpkin beat out an urban one? I’m not sure. These things are complicated. Used to be you put seeds in the ground and waited for them to come up and keep the weeds pulled. But gardening has suddenly changed now that we’re tending a giant pumpkin. There was the pollination process (covering up blossoms and spreading the pollen) special fertilizers, watering. Now I’m told we need to get it an umbrella so it won’t get sunburned.  Won’t get sunburned! Anyway, for the next few months it’s our baby, to have and to hold–luckily no diapers to change, although for some reason that wouldn’t surprise me.

Kind of thinking I’ll post a pic every so often to keep you updated. We shall see if time allows.

Do any of you grow a garden? If you have any more tips for growing a giant pumpkin please leave them in the comment section. I’m really hoping to win this contest!

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  1. I read that to protect your potential giant pumpkin from insects that will bore into it and from diseases that might be in the soil, carefully roll the pumpkin onto a large sheet of cardboard or plywood. Another tip is to not over fertilize. If it grows too fast it can explode or break itself free of the vine.
    I’ve not tried to grow a giant pumpkin but I’ve considered it … briefly. Have fun! 🙂

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    • Yes, I noticed my son has something under his. I hope it’s not too late for us. I suspect, since the competition is on that was one tidbit he failed to mention. 😉 Oooh wouldn’t want our baby to explode. We’ll have to be careful with the fertilizer. I believe Hubby is using SeaBoost. Thanks for the tips!

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  2. Judi

     /  August 8, 2017

    LOL You are going to have to post pictures of Matthews too, so we can see both in the process. He could go to the Windsor Ex. and take a pic of the one there that is on display…That would be funny. Or I could take a pic for you…Just give me the word…LOL Love Ya!

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    • Yes, I thought of posting them side by side. I might do that in another post. I hope when you’re going past the house in September it isn’t blocking the road..lol! ❤

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  3. Good luck with the giant pumpkin contest! I love things like this. Nothing wrong with friendly family competition. I used to grow a garden in my Medicine Hat days. Now I just grow flowers. Can’t wait to see more pictures.

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    • Thanks, Darlene. We had a rainy day here today.I was out and checked it and could see a visible difference in the size. I hope nothing happens to it!

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  4. Have fun! I’ll look forward to progress pictures. We’ve been friends with Jake and Elaine vanKooten ever since we moved to Port Alberni, BC more than 45 years ago. Jake holds several titles, including a world title, for growing huge pumpkins. His garden controlled his summers until he retired from the effort a couple years ago. One of his daughters used to try to beat him, but I don’t think she ever did. 🙂 You might enjoy this video in which he talks about what it takes… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBAvGiixa0U

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    • Thanks, Carol! I’m beginning to see that people take their pumpkin-growing quite serious! I’m sure we’ll have fun! I’ll check out the video.

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