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Welcome to the definitive Internet starting point for learning about World Class Giant Pumpkins! After searching the Internet for information on growing giant pumpkins in May of 1995, and finding basically nothing, I decided to provide some starting points to anyone who would like more information on this rewarding pursuit. Over the two years, I have met dozen of growers of all ages and experience levels from around the world. Many have been very generous with their time, talents, and information. This website is dedicated to serving the public interest about all aspects of pumpkin growing. Comments and newcomers are welcome. Enjoy your visit!

webmaster: Dan Gardner
Appleton, Wisconsin USA

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World Class Giant Pumpkin Bulletins...
= 1998 GPC Weighoff Results - Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
* Subscribe to the Pumpkin E-Mailing List
= 1998 Weighoff Results and Discussion - Pumpkin Mailing List Archive
* Duncan's Pumpkin Growing FAQ
= Me On A Pumpkin - Interactive Pumpkin Carving Website
* Quickjump site links - Dill , McAlpine , Verchere .

Giant Pumpkin Press Releases...
* Canadian Champion - Bill Greer's 1,006 pound Pumpkin!
* World Champions - Nathan and Paula Zehr's 1,061 pound Pumpkin!
* Cybertimes - Porky Pumpkins Tip Scales at 1000-Plus Pounds
* Philadelphia Inquirer - 1000 Pounds OR Pie - by Michael Vitez

The Online Heavy Hitters...
* Howard Dill, Windsor, Nova Scotia Canada
* Ray Waterman, Collins, New York, USA
* George R. Brooks Jr., North Tewksbury, MA USA

Pumpkin Organizations...
* Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC)
* New England Pumpkin Growers Association (NEGPA)
* World Pumpkin Confederation (WPC)
* Ottawa-St. Lawrence Pumpkin Growers Home Page

Giant Pumpkin Statistics...
* The Official GPC Weigh-Off Results - October 5, 1996
* New Atlantic Canada Record Set at Windsor Pumpkin Festival
* Alan R. Eaton - Grower's List of 700+ Pound Pumpkins
* Alan R. Eaton - 500+ Pound Pumpkin Sites - Top Ten Averages
* The Official GPC Weigh-Off Results by Weight (1995)
* The Official GPC Weigh-Off Results by Site (1995)
* Best Growers 1979 to 1995 : The World Champion Pumpkin List
* Topsfield Fair - All Time Top 50 New England Pumpkins
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Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off Sites...
* The GPC Grows to Over 20 Sites for 1996 - by Danny Dill
* 1996 Great Pumpkin Commonwealth Weighoff Sites
* WPC - 1995 International Weigh-Off Sites

Seed Sources...
* Howard Dill Enterprises
* P&P Seed Co - World Record Variety Seed

Books and Videos...
* Pumpkin Video's
* How-to-Grow World Class Giant Pumpkins - by Don Langevin
* The Pumpkin King - by Al Kingsbury

Growing Techniques...
* 10 Steps to a Giant Pumpkin - by Don Langevin
* Starting the Giant Pumpkin Seedling - by Ray Waterman
* Compost Feeding Your Pumpkin - by George Brooks
* Compost Feeding Your Pumpkin (supplement) - by George Brooks
* Direct Start Method of Pumpkin Growing - by George Brooks
* Duncan McAlpine's Secrets to Growing the Really Big Ones
* Growing Giant Pumpkins in the Home Garden - David A. Mangione

Grower Experiences (newcomers welcome!)...
* Chris and John Lyons - (Baltimore, Ontario, Canada)
* Barry DeJong's 1994 Pumpkin Diary - (Brockville, Ontario, Canada)
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* Dan Gardner - (Appleton, WI USA)
* Bill Kournikakis - (Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada)

Cucurbit Family Plant Problems...
* Anthracnose
* Bacterial Wilt
* Beet Leafhopper
* Blossom-End Rot
* Cucumber Beetle
* Mosaic virus
* Powdery mildew and Downy mildew
* Squash Bug
* Squash Vine Borers
* Pollination of Squash, Melon and Cucumber Flowers
* Pollination Requirements of Vine Crops - by Malcolm T. Sanford
* Pollination problems - rec.gardens sniglets

Pumpkin Festivals...
* Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival and World Pumpkin Confederation Weigh Off
* Official Circleville Pumpkin Show Homepage
* 1996 Circleville Pumpkin Show - more unofficial images
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* Chris Andersen's Photos from the Nut Tree Weigh-Off - (Rated PG-13)
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* Waterford Pumpkin Festival Inc., Waterford, Ontario, CANADA
* Port Elgin Pumpkinfest 97

Other Pumpkin WebSites...
* Howard Dill - Pumpkin Guide
* Duncan McAlpine - Atlantic Giant Page
* Ottawa-St. Lawrence Pumpkin Growers Home Page
* Bill Verchere - Pumpkin Dairy
* Jeanie Dixon - Gourds by Jeanie
* Pumpkins Recipes from the USENET Archives: (Gopher Search Results)

Jack-O-Lantern Carving WebSites...
* Jack-O-Lanterns Plus
* America's Pumpkin Carving Company - Pumpkin Masters

Gardening, Biology, and other Cucurbits...
* Nutrient Management - Something to Grow On
* Purdue Agronomy On-Line!
* The World-Wide Web Virtual Library: Forestry: Soils and Substrates
* pH and Your Soil's Health
* Soil Terms Glossary
* Complete Guide to Garden Stuff - (extensive) Some links to the more useful sections are below.
* a) About Soil Conditioners
* b) General Pesticide Products - Malathion, Sevin, etc.
* c) Synthetic Fungicides - Captan, Daconil, etc.
* Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman featuring This Compost
* Welcome to RotWeb! (Composting)
* What is Sustainable Agriculture?
* Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative


Last Updated: Sun Jun 22 10:30:00PM CST 1997





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