Bumper Pumpkins

I am feeling a lot of warm fuzzies towards pumpkins right now. I finally finished using last season’s pumpkins, at which point I must say Crown pumpkins have most excellent storage abilities, by making a chunk of baby food and giving one away to the pumpkin-obsessed Little Sister. Also, there is this thing called The Great Pumpkin Carnival that we went to on the weekend. I had to be there. It sounded fascinating. There were categories to enter, like heaviest pumpkin, best carved pumpkin and pumpkin scones. Unfortunately, I didn’t have pumpkins worthy of entering any of the categories. Although, had I read the list better, I could have entered something in the Oddest Shaped Vegetable class. I can usually find an odd-shaped vegetable lurking around in my garden without too much trouble. There was a downhill pumpkin rolling race, but we missed it because The Little Fulla was getting tired. What really fascinated me was the giant pumpkins. I mean GIANT PUMPKINS.

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Some entries for Most Perfect Pumpkin.
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Some entries for Oddest Shape. I rather like the look of the mouldy-looking pumpkins.
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There were a lot of decorated or transformed pumpkins too.

There is something very exciting about giant pumpkins. Well, to me anyway. Who knew they could get so big? There was a class for Heaviest Pumpkin Under 200kg and they were huge as it was, but then there were a few in the Heaviest Pumpkin Over 200kg class. Do you know how heavy the winning giant pumpkin was? 789.5kg. Yup. Obviously, I want to grow a giant pumpkin now. I must. I have no delusions of it being of that kind of size but I have to start somewhere. I also want to grow Most Perfect Pumpkin, Oddest Shape, Oddest Shaped Vegetable and maybe get some baking done for next year’s carnival. Right, I am going to need more vege beds.

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They’re getting bigger…
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Things start getting technical when you have a really GIANT PUMPKIN.
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I have saved the best ’til last. I’m not the only one who was fascinated by this pumpkin.
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Oh, there are no words to describe it!
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A big crowd gathered to see the mother pumpkin get weighed.
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The winner of Heaviest Pumpkin Over 200kg, weighing in at 789.5kg. Wow.

Anyway, what I was really going to talk about, before I got swept away in awe by the GIANT PUMPKINS, is this season’s pumpkins from my garden. They are not giant, but I am rather pleased with the pumpkins that have spurted forth from my garden, considering the lack of time and effort I put into them. I have harvested seven from my two pumpkin plants and there is one more pumpkin yet to harvest. This is only the second time I have grown pumpkins. They are so easy. I barely did anything to them, other than an occasional water and an occasional hacking or rounding up of creeping stems to keep them under control. However, if I want to get bigger pumpkins I am going to have to up my game. They must be fed. And GIANT PUMPKINS, well, that’s an entirely new game. But I wanna play! Bring on the GIANT PUMPKINS! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to peruse the pumpkin seed listings…

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My fairly humble pumpkins. The biggest three are a pretty decent size though.
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I’m just enjoying looking at my pumpkin lineup at the moment.

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