Hello there. It’s been a while between updates, and I totally missed doing anything about transplanting, sorry about that. This year has been crazy busy with various things all going on at once, I made a quick video to show where I am at with things This years problems consisted of: Potential of moving house […]
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Hi there Yes I am still around, just very busy at the moment with things hopefully slowing down soon, and an actual update and newsletter coming out soon. I just wanted to share with you the new logo for the site. You will probably see this around the place more and more.
The seedlings are all growing well, I have heaps of different stuff this year on the go. So it is about time I put some thought into transplanting, and one thing that I didn’t really think about, but has become apparent that it might be an important thing to actually contemplate is SNAILS. Lots of […]
Hiya Hopefully you can read this post fine, I had a technical hiccup yesterday, which resulted in the website not being available for most of the day. I somehow forgot to pay for the domain name, and it lapsed over at 1am in the morning, luckily someone told me the site was down, a quick […]
Hows everyone’s long weekend going? Mine has been good, I was at the Armageddon Expo up in Auckland yesterday, which has nothing to do with giant pumpkin growing at all, but you will be surprised at how many people I ended up talking to about it. Was a very cool day. Now onto the update. […]
So more prep work has been happening in the patch in the last week. I dug small trenches to take the weeping hose I had, the idea is to deliver the water direct to the roots without covering the leaves, and reducing the chances of powdery mildew. In the trench with the hose is EF […]
So here we are, 7 days into October and I managed to plant the seeds, now what seeds exactly I hear you asking, well these seeds: One of these seeds, a little bit old but I am sure it will do fine. And I am also planting two of the following: Not the greatest seed […]
There seems to be a trend every year when one big company seems to have a giant pumpkin growing competition, last year it was RD1 who from what I understand had a great interest from people wanting to take part, I haven’t hear anything about them running it again this year though. But someone else […]
Just like that it is October, and with that it means it is pretty much the start of the season here in NZ for giant pumpkin growing. For the truly dedicated growers out there the work has been going on for months with preparing the patch for planting sometime soon. That is what I should […]
Well, that didn’t take long to break the world record again did it. Ron Wallace and his world record 2009 pound pumpkin Ron is a big name is the giant pumpkin growing circles in the US and is well known around the world, his brother Dick is also up there and no doubt had a […]
It is that time of year we all love, it is pretty much the start of the season here for us, where we actually get to plant something and watch it grow. For the northern hemisphere growers it is coming to the end of the season, with the many way off’s occurring all over the […]
Hi there, thought I had better do an update even if it is a little one. I appears we will be staying put and not moving hopefully any time during the growing season, well that is what I am going to work with. So I better pull finger, and get around to getting everything sorted. […]
How has everyone been finding this crazy wet weather? It sure has limited my time outside, and continually gives me problems when it rains really heavy, not with anything pumpkin related, just the fact my car has some sort of leak, and I need to pull it apart to find where it comes from. I […]
The third part of the soil testing posts. In this one I have my soil test results back.
This is the second part to the soil testing series and I talk about how to take the soil test.
In this first part about soil testing I show you what is included in a DIY kit, and talk about why you should do a soil test.
I thought I would share with you a product I saw at the fieldays last Friday, while it would be useful for your gardens, it might not be on the scale of things needed for giant pumpkin growing. It is called a hungry bin and it is a compost bin, now you might be thinking, […]
I was lucky enough to check out fieldays today, if you’ve never been before it is renowned as the premier agribusiness event in New Zealand and one of the top farming expos in the world. This years event was the 44th time it had been held. Lots of walking, and navigating the crowd is a […]
This post is mainly concerned with either growing a giant pumpkin organically, or the more traditional method of using fertilizers etc, or maybe even combining both of these methods. Now this totally your own choice, and I’m not going to tell you which way you should grow your pumpkin, but like everything this early on […]
For most people out there, the location for growing a giant pumpkin is usually any old place, where it is out of the way, or where there is spare space to put it. Which is fine, and is what I have done in the past, but what happens if you have a choice. Things to […]