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Pumpkins are 'Puttin on the Pounds!!

There's pumpkins growing out in your pumpkin patch. How Kewl! The focus turns from making babies (pumpkins) to 'puttin on the pounds....lots of them. It's so exciting to watch your little pumpkins swell into giant pumpkins right before your eyes. The speed of their growth is simply amazing.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it(and you have), is to fuel the growth of your fruit to produce the biggest pumpkins you've ever seen. In August, you also need to be diligent and guard against insects and plant disease, especially powdery mildew.

Here are some tips for adding lots of weight to your pumpkins:

  • Keep your patch well watered. Turn over a spadeful of soil. Is it moist down several inches? Great! More on watering pumpkins
  • Adding a layer of compost feeds the plant, helps to retain soil moisture, and helps to keep weeds down.
  • Big pumpkins have big appetites. Use regular applications of fertilizer More on fertilizers 
  • Switch  to a fertilizer high in potassium.
  • Cover the vines with garden soil. This promotes secondary root growth, and results in much bigger pumpkins.
  • Much mor eon How to grow pumpkins


Fall Festivals

Fall festivals and giant pumpkin weighoffs will be here before you know it. Millions of pumpkin lovers and pumpkin growers flock to these events. As always, we will post an extensive list of festivals and weighoffs. Make sure to mark the dates for events in your area. Hopefully, there will be more than one close enough for you to attend.

Find Fall Festivals and Weighoffs - some are held the first week in September.

List your weighoff - Finding information on pumpkin weighoffs and festivals is a lot of work. If you are an organizer, or have information about a local weighoff, please let us know.  Email Pumpkin Weighoff Information

Milk-Fed Pumpkins - Is it fact or fiction!?! Find the Answer now

All kinds of seeds.... In mid-summer, we look forward to the "second season" as we implement our plans for succession planting.

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Giant Pumpkins- Every pumpkin grower feels the urge to grow a giant pumpkin at least once in their lives. Chances are, you'll be hooked for life. Buy giant pumpkin seeds and a free "how to grow" pamphlet now.


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Pumpkin Nook...... Facts, information, fun, and your resource for gardening and backyard merchandise at great prices.

Seeds, top quality, lowest prices anywhere - Over 450 varieties of seeds at discount prices.

Hammocks - The perfect resting place to watch your pumpkin plants grow.

Solar Lights - Perfect in your gardens, flower beds, in the yard, by a walkway, or on the deck all year long.

Greenhouses and Raised Beds - Greenhouses and raised beds makes gardening easier and more fun. Low price guarantee.

Outdoor Storage and Deck Boxes - Need extra storage, but you don't have room for a shed? Check out our outdoor storage and deck boxes now.

Pest Control - Check out the new Buffet Buster, along with a wide variety of pest netting sheets and bags. Protect your garden from foraging wildlife.

Composters - Make great plant food and compost tea to feed your plants organically all season long.

Pumpkin carving kits and pumpkin carving patterns - It's never too early to see what's "In" for Halloween 2013

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Around the World!! We've discovered pumpkins growing on six of seven continents, all except Antarctica. Like you, gardeners of the world grow them for food and for fun.

Can you guess where this pumpkin patch is?

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Pumpkins and your health... Growing pumpkins is fun. Like other gardening activities, researchers tell us its therapeutic. Eating pumpkins is healthy for you. Add a little pumpkin to your diet all year long.

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Today's Quote:

Quote of the Day: To err is human, a pumpkin is 'Da Vine!

Todays' Quiz question: Which colors are pumpkin colors?
A. Orange
B. White
C. Blue
D. Green
E. Red
F. Yellow

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