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Joe Pukos of Leicester, N.Y. , our latest feature grower earned this honor for the painful experience he went through last year. Like you and I, Joe loves his pumpkins. He grows giant pumpkins, and Jack O'Lanterns.
Just as his pumpkin patch was vining out and showing great promise last year, a major thunderstorm struck his area. Along with high winds and lightening, came the gardener's most dreaded summer nightmare........hail! At the end of the storm, Joe's pumpkin patch was a shredded mess. The storm devastated all four of his giant pumpkins. Too late to replant this season, Joe considered turning the garden under and buying pumpkins in the fall....Heaven forbid!
End of story?....Nope! Pumpkin Nook and a couple of other growers offered Joe encouragement and advice. As a result of this, Joe spent hour cutting and trimming away all of the dead and shredded leaves. High nitrogen fertilizer was added to promote leaf growth. He also applied fungicide as disease was a major risk.
We consider this a great story as damaging hail can hit anytime, anywhere. And if it does, in many if not most cases it may not spell the end of your season.We praise Joe for his efforts and his perseverance in a situation where many would have given up.
Prior Feature Growers:
Paul McIntyre from Oxford Mills, Ontario, Canada.
Bill Susa from Frederick, Maryland
Do you want to be one of the next feature growers? If so, please write to this site with some specifics about your pumpkin growing adventures and send along some pictures. It's as simple as that. Please note we reserve the right to use any pictures and information you submit in other pages and articles published by Pumpkin Nook .
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