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Pumpkins are Puttin' on the Pounds!!



There's pumpkins growing out in your pumpkin patch. How Kewl is that!? Our focus turns from making babies (pumpkins) to putting on the pounds....lots of them. It's so exciting to watch your little pumpkins swell into bright, giant pumpkins right before your eyes. The speed of their growth is simply amazing.

Ask any kid, and he or she will tell you they want a big, big pumpkin. You must deliver. Your mission, should you choose to accept it(and you have), is to fuel the growth of your fruit to produce the biggest pumpkins you've ever seen. In August, you also need to be diligent and guard against insects and plant disease, especially powdery mildew.

Here are some tips for adding lots of weight to your pumpkins:

  • Keep your patch well watered. Turn over a spadeful of soil. Is it moist down several inches? Great! More on watering pumpkins
  • Adding a layer of compost feeds the plant, helps to retain soil moisture, and helps to keep weeds down.
  • Big pumpkins have big appetites. Use regular applications of fertilizer More on fertilizers 
  • Switch  to a fertilizer high in potassium.
  • Maintain the health of your plants.
  • Cover the vines with garden soil. This promotes secondary root growth, and results in much bigger pumpkins.
  • Much more on How to grow pumpkins

Fall Festival and Weigh-Offs

COVID-19 Update:  COVID-19 and social distancing rules are resulting in the cancellation of almost all major events, from sports to festivals. Fall festivals and pumpkin weigh offs are no exception. Some fall events have already been cancelled. It is very likely that most, if not all, will be cancelled in the weeks to come. We have updated all of the 2020 pumpkin fall weigh offs. Keeping up to date on event cancellations is difficult, nearly impossible to do. We strongly recommend you contact the local festivals prior to attending, to see if they are still on.


Find Fall Festivals and Weigh offs - some are held late August.

List your weigh off - Finding information on pumpkin weigh offs and festivals is a lot of work. If you are an organizer, or have information about a local weigh off, please let us know.  Email Pumpkin Weigh off Information

Milk-Fed Pumpkins - Is it fact or fiction!?! This question is often asked during August, when pumpkin growing focuses upon providing the ideal conditions for maximizing the weight of your pumpkins. Find the answer now.

Around the World!! We've discovered pumpkins growing on six of seven continents, all except Antarctica. Like you, gardeners of the world grow them for food and for fun.

Can you guess where this pumpkin patch is?

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Pumpkins and your health... Growing pumpkins is fun. Like other gardening activities, researchers tell us its therapeutic. Eating pumpkins is healthy for you. Add a little pumpkin to your diet all year long.

More on Pumpkins and Your Health

Today's Quote:

Quote of the Day: To err is human, a pumpkin is 'Da Vine!


Todays' Quiz question: Which colors are pumpkin colors?
A. Orange
B. White
C. Blue
D. Green
E. Red
F. Yellow

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Let's Talk Gardening and Pumpkin Growing! Do you want to talk about gardening, read seasonal appropriate articles about gardening, or share some pictures of your garden.? Join in on the fun! Garden Blog

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