Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A New World Record Pumpkin

Congrats to Beni on a new world record pumpkin.  An amazing 2,096 pounds.  Rumor has it that this is Beni's smaller pumpkin and the larger one will still be going to the scale.

Beni grew a pumpkin that was over 2,300 pounds last year but the pumpkin split on him, disqualifying the pumpkin.  The pumpkin was still growing quickly when it split on him.  An amazing grower.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

My Son & Daughter Took the Top Two Positions in the Weigh-off Today

Congrats to both of them this year.  They worked hard in the pumpkin patch and it paid off, taking 1st and 2nd place in the weigh-off.  Of course it helped they were the only two kinds in the kids division this year.  Regardless of that, a 401 pound pumpkin is good regardless of how many people where in the competition.  Both of their pumpkins were nailed by hail twice and lost the main vines on their plants.  My son's pumpkin was pollinated the beginning of August if I remember right so to end up at 325 pounds in less than 1 1/2 months on a 150 square foot plant I think is pretty commendable.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Jared's Weigh-off Tomorrow

Early this morning I put down 1 1/2 yards of some nice compost on the patch.  I hope to till that in this next week.  This evening I loaded up both of the kids pumpkins.  My daughters is going to go heavy.  My sore back proves it.  I'm grateful for neighbors that are willing to help me heft these things around this time of year.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Colorado Giant Pumpkin Weigh-offs

Want to see some giant pumpkins this fall?  Pumpkins well over 1,000 pounds?  Visit one of the Rocky Mountain Giant Vegetable growers weigh-offs and see the biggest pumpkins in Colorado.  Fun for the whole family.

Jared's Nursery Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off & Festival
September 27th (2014)
10500 W. Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80127

Nick's Great Pumpkin Weigh Off
October 4th (2014)
2001 South Chambers Rd, Aurora, CO 80014

Flower BinOctober 11th (2014)
1805 Nelson Rd., Longmont, Colorado 80501

Old Colorado CityOctober 18th (2014)
Colorado Avenue and 25th Street
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904

Monday, September 1, 2014

Peat Moss for the Pumpkin Patch

Today I spread 7 large bales of peat moss over the pumpkin patch.  Peat moss is an excellent soil conditioner, loosens up clay soils like I have an helps to increase the cation exchange capacity of the soil.  The peat moss for now was just put on top of the soil to help keep it moist as I germinate a 2nd round of sorghum sudan grass.  In a month I'll till it into the soil with the grass so it can be broken down in the soil all winter.