Posts in category Giant Pumpkins

How to Make Compost Tea

As an organic giant pumpkin grower, one of my biggest goals is to create a rich soil that is loaded with beneficial organisms. One way I do this is by adding mycorrhizae and nitrogen-fixing bacteria to the soil when I bury the vines. Another thing I do is make compost tea once a week. Compost […]

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Happy Seedlings

The seedlings are doing great, and they are growing vigorously! Of the four seeds I planted, all of them germinated except one (the 2230 Wallace rotted, possibly from over-watering). I planted the 1975 Wallace (2009 Wallace x 1985 Wallace) in its place, and it is doing well.   Site #1 in my backyard had great […]

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Preparing the Patch and Starting the Seeds

This year I will be growing 4 pumpkins: two at my house and two at the Bangor Community Garden. I planted the following seeds on 4/11/16:   2230 Wallace (2009 Wallace x 1916 Wallace) 1790.5 Wallace (1730 Wallace x 2009 Wallace) 961 Berard (1730.5 Werner x 2323.7 Meier) 758 Berard (1756 Lancaster x 2323.7 Meier)   I planted the seeds […]

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The 2016 Pumpkin Season is Here!

Happy Spring, pumpkin friends!   Last year was a successful year for me, growing a 1185-pounder my third year of growing. I experienced a lot of adversity last year, most notably a hail storm in the beginning of August that destroyed my whole plant. I am ready for whatever comes at me this year, and […]

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All Hail the Giant Pumpkin!

On August 5, 2015, Sarah’s pumpkin patch got hit with an awful hail storm. It put holes in every leaf and completely decimated the plant. Dale was setting up his new GoPro when the storm hit, so not only did he make a valiant effort to save the pumpkin, but he also got it on […]

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How to Pollinate a Pumpkin

I decided to dedicate a post specifically to pollinating a pumpkin since many of my friends and family are new to growing pumpkins, and pollinating is a very important part of growing a giant pumpkin!   To start, the pumpkin has a male and female flower. The male flower has a long stalk, and the […]

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“No One Ever Fertilized an Old Growth Forest” – My Organic Approach

Last week I purchased a book by Don Langevin titled, How-to-Grow World Class Giant Pumpkins the All-Organic Way. I already own one of his other books on giant pumpkins, and I figured this would be a good addition to my library.     At first, I was a bit skeptical about using an organic approach […]

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“Your pumpkin is so big!”

Well, it’s official. All the neighbors now know I’m the crazy pumpkin lady. The past two weeks have been great. I’ve had many people come up to me stating, “Your pumpkin is so big!” Naturally, I replied every time with a big smile because every giant pumpkin grower loves hearing those words. Today I’m going […]

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Pumpkin update: Time to bury some vines!

Good news: My pumpkin seedlings are all grown up! The 1400 Lopresti is taking off with the help of a sunny plot and a heater at night. The 1421 Gaboury is much smaller because it’s not in the sun as much, and it gets cold at night which is stunting its growth. The 1695 Gaboury […]

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Pumpkin surgery and the race of the seedlings

Now that spring has finally sprung, the pumpkins are loving the outdoor life. They are still in their hoop houses which I cover up at night. On cooler days I’ll just leave them covered all day to keep them warm. Pumpkin #1, the 1400 Lopresti, is my main pumpkin that I am devoting most of […]

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