After being away on vacation for the last 7 days, being chased by hurricanes, I am happy to report that the pumpkins still seem to be growing. Under the tender care of Master Scherber I wouldn't expect anything less (an suprising the staple marks have healed nicely). Growth this last week for the 1236 Harp definitely was slowed down. That is to be expected when you have 43 degree nights in Denver and less then great weather conditions the better part of the week. I am happy to report however that the 1236 has broken the 1,000 pound mark according to the circumference charts so I can call the season a success as long as the scale agrees with the measurements three weeks from today.
Right now the 1236 has slipped 1/2 inch behind the goal I had for it but hopefully some descent weather will prove that this pumpkins still has enough power left in it to grow for another three weeks. I'd love to see it get in the 1,100 pound range but at the current growth rate I don't think it will make it.
The 1161 seems to still have a little more growing power in it these days and has cut the circumference gap with the 1236 down to 5 1/2 inches although it is not nearly as tall a pumpkin so unless it is super thick or the 1236 is an air bag I don't think it can ever catch it. It will have a week longer to grow than the 1236 so right now I would say it has a shot at reaching the 1,000 pound mark. For most of the season it has been 12-16 inches behind in circumference measurements to the 1236 so I think it still has something to prove.
The kids' 1129 Orleck plant is still trucking along. It has crossed the 200 pound mark.
I gave both plants 1/2 cup of seaweed yesterday along with two tablespoons of fish & seaweed.