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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Orange Orb


A pumpkin peeking through the leaves. I love the color of this pumpkin. Now that's orange!

These pumpkins are also in my youngest sister's back yard. It's a 'giant' variety, but not the Atlantic Giant variety that produces those monstrous recording breaking pumpkins. Those pumpkins need acreage to allow the vines to grow and support over 1,000 pounds of pumpkin. And generally, I think those who are serious about going for a record, allow just one pumpkin to grow on a vine. The current record is 1,469 pounds. Will there be a 1,500 pound pumpkin this year?

I think it takes some real devotion and concentration to grow a giant record-breaking pumpkin. I admire gardeners who can have a singular focus like that, who are willing to do all that it takes to even get close to a record. They coddle their pumpkin all through the season. They walk the pumpkin patch to remove any competing fruit, to handpick any insects that dare attempt to attack, to make sure that all conditions are as perfect as they can make them to allow that pumpkin to grow so large.

3 comments:

Carol said...

This just in... I heard there is a pumpkin shortage this fall. My sister better watch her pumpkins or one might turn up missing!

Eleanor said...

We were missing some dinner plates when I found out my son-in-law had taken one to put under that big pumpkin seen in the picture. I guess it helps them from getting rot or bugs if it sits on the bare ground. There are some things more important than others

Sister with the homestead said...

Just found another pumpkin --it had snuck through the fence and was growing in the neighbors yard. Bad news is that one of the other pumpkins has a big hole in it -- is there anything we can use to plug it? Good news is there are two more pumpkins on the way! You are on the list for pumpkin #5 (so cross your fingers!)