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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