When I was on the south shore of Maui last year, near the base of volcano I realized that I might have found an ideal growing area. Moderate rain, volcanic rich soils and 84 degrees, year around could be a place that a world record pumpkin could be grown. It is no wonder that Monsanto is all over the island.
Denver is no Maui, Rhode Island, Ohio or Napa Valley when it comes to pumpkin growing. Cool springs, warmer than ideal summer days and cool nights with low humidity make pumpkin growing challenging. Colorado has its obvious plus sides however, so I'm staying.
You've heard me moan about the weather in Colorado this spring. Very little sun and cool every day for almost three weeks now and it doesn't look like this trend is going to break until maybe next week. So you make the best of it. As you can see in the picture at the right I have a full spectrum CFL bulb in a brooder to add some additional light on cloudy days like today. Also, have a heat lamp going to keep it a touch warmer inside. Trying to make these plants think they are in Maui. We aren't quite there yet, but getting a little closer.