The Pumpkin Patch

(Picture 1) Some of the many entries at
the 2004 Windsor-West Hants Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off, which took place in Windsor,NS. October 2nd.

(Picture 2) The 1st place entry this season came from New Brunswick. This giant pumpkin was grown by Bill Northup of Sussex, NB. and weighed in at 1101 lbs
(499 kgs).

(Picture 3) Roger Wentzell of Bridgewater, NS. a 3rd place winner last season captured 2nd place at this year's weigh-off. His giant pumpkin weighed
1059 lbs (480 kgs) .

(Picture 4) Lisa Wentzell of Bridgewater, NS. who was the 1st place winner last season come in 3rd place with her 994 lbs (451 kgs) entry.
The 2004 season produces a new world record for the world heaviest giant pumpkin. It was recorded at the Port Elgin weight-off held October 2nd. The giant pumpkin was grown by Alan Eaton of Richmond, Ontario, and weighed in at 1,446 lbs
(656 kgs).

Click Here for last year's results.

The 2003 world record for the heaviest giant pumpkin was held by Steve Daletas of Canby, Oregon. His pumpkin weighed 1385 lbs (628 kgs)

The 2002 world record holder was held by Charlie Houghton of New Hamphire, whose giant pumpkin entry weighed 1337.7 lbs (606.7 kgs) .

A Primer:
On How To Grow A Giant Pumpkin
Growing a giant pumpkin can be a great learning experience, and certainly an enjoyable one. For thousands of backyard gardeners, competing for the heaviest pumpkin (or a heavier one than last year's) always figures in the fun and excitement of this ever growing summer activity. Each year, more and more pumpkin festivals are being held, where the official weigh-off of giant pumpkins takes place. I'm sure you have one in your area where you can register your entry. Check it out.

In this article "A Primer: On How To Grow A Giant Pumpkin" by Maurice Cornect,Sr. a list of the basic requirements is given, and information on growing a giant pumpkin broken down into 5 basic stages.

  • Garden growing area for a single plant of approximately 25ft x 25ft, located in a sunny sheltered area. (You may plant several seeds,then when the seedlings have well established true leaves, keep the one you guess the healthiest and remove the others.)
  • Fertile well cultivated soil, with pH of between 6.5 and 6.8 (add sulfur to lower the pH add lime to raise it).
  • Temperature of between 60-80 degrees,(ideal germination
    temperature is between 75-85 degrees)
  • Good giant pumpkin seeds, such as Dill's Atlantic Giant.
  • The appropriate water-soluble fertilizer. Three different formulations should be used, one stressing phosphorus for root growth such as 15-30-15, one with more nitrogen for leaf growth and more balanced such as 20-20-20, and one stressing potassium such as 15-10-30 for fruit growth.
  • Access to a good water supply.
  • Some sort of enclosure such as a cold frame or clear plastic (polyethylene) mini-greenhouse. This will help to elevate the daytime temperature, and provide some protection from the night time chill. This protection is vital during the first 15-20 days.
  • Some sort of windbreak, especially important during the seedling growth period.

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