10 Steps to a Giant Pumpkin

For many of us, fall means a bounty of pumpkins for pies and jack-o’-lanterns, along with a gathering in of the rest of the autumn harvest. But for thousands of backyard gardeners, fall is the time of reckoning and – for a lucky few – glory. These are the growers of the heavyweights. For them, pumpkin growing is a competitive […]

Autumn Harvest Celebration Around the Globe

The first Month of Autumn is here, which means it is time to celebrate — traditionally, the world celebrates the end of the harvest season. Let’s learn more about the origin of the festival, its history, and traditions in different countries. Originally, celebration at the end of the harvest season was aimed to honor the earth and nature for its […]

How to Compost Feeding Your Pumpkin

Compost Feeding Your Pumpkin (supplement) – by George Brooks(Note: Click on the small images to view a 400×296 image)   The first Stage of Pumpkin Mound building, broad tapered sides are formed to capture the Spring sunshine. Next, an area in the middle is hollowed out and a heating cable, (optional), is laid in the bottom. It is then covered […]

Porky Pumpkins Tip Scales at 1000-Plus Pounds

Web Alert: Porky Pumpkins Tip Scales at 1000-Plus Pounds By NANCY STEDMAN & STEVE DITLEA October 11, 1996 To the four-minute mile and the eight-foot high jump, add yet another legendary performance barrier, shattered just last Saturday: the 1,000-pound pumpkin.   Paula and Nathan Zehr from Lowville, N.Y., set a new record last weekend with their 1,061 pound pumpkin. Credit: Associated Press […]

Hand-Pollinating Pumpkin Plants

PROBLEM: My pumpkins keep flowering and setting fruit, but the fruits (pumpkins) keep withering up when they are an inch or two long. I’ve tried putting wood under them, thinking they were rotting, but that hasn’t worked. Now I am wondering about soils, too much water, insects? Any suggestions? LIKELY ANSWER: Do you have bees (pollinators)? It sounds like pollination failure. […]

Compost Feeding Your Pumpkin

Compost Feeding Your Pumpkin – by George Brooks This article was originally written for a September time frame especially the Compost Section. Keep this in mind and adapt it to what ever time of year you are starting. Start planning for next year to improve your chances of growing a big one. The following article is about one method that […]

Direct Start Method of Pumpkin Growing

I first developed this method approximately nineteen years ago for growing squash and have been refining it ever since. It is intended to produce the largest vine possible (12’+) by the ideal fruit setting date of June 20 to July 10th (based on my growing season). The second benefit is to obtain 80 to 90% of the pumpkin’s growth by […]

Pumpkin dies off

  Pumpkin Disease Update – (Rick Latin) – Many growers have called expressing concern over an apparent lack of fruit set in their pumpkins. As you know, poor fruit set is not likely due to an infectious disease problem. High daytime and nighttime temperatures during most of July may be responsible for the production of fewer female blossoms. Also, high […]

Growing Giant Pumpkins

GROWING GIANT PUMPKINS Basic Cultural Practices by Joel Holland SOIL PREPARATION: Minimum space is approx. 300 sq. ft. per plant. Doubling this space or even more would be an advantage, and will generally result in a larger pumpkin. Prepare the soil by cultivation. Rake out larger stones, clumps of sod, etc. Incorporate into the soil an inch or more of […]

Common asked questions growing Big Giant Pumpkins

FAQ on Growing Atlantic Giant Pumpkins For many, conditions in the old pumpkin patch are not great yet. Don’t jump the gun as many beginners do. If conditions are sloppy…..wait. They will get better soon. It is about time for some to start seeds inside. Some of us must wait a little longer. By starting a plant 3 or 4 […]