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Recent Blog Posts

Holiday Plans with a Giant Pumpkin

Holiday Plans with a Giant Pumpkin

What do you do when holidays come up during the pumpkin growing season? I outline 3 different approaches to the holiday season so your pumpkin can reach it’s full potential.

Start of the 2020 Giant Pumpkin Season in NZ

Start of the 2020 Giant Pumpkin Season in NZ

We are now well into October now and it is the start of the giant pumpkin growing season here in New Zealand. Is this the most exciting time of the year? How will it go, and what are your predictions?

GPC Common Ground Fall 2019 Edition

GPC Common Ground Fall 2019 Edition

The latest edition of the GPC Newsletter, Common Ground is out now. In this short post I cover what is contained in the newsletter.

Time to Tidy Up Around Here

Time to Tidy Up Around Here

October is almost here which means only one thing, it is almost pumpkin growing time here in NZ. Time to sort out a bunch of stuff to make it easier later on in the season.

Giant Pumpkin Seed Selection Time

Giant Pumpkin Seed Selection Time

It’s time for me to pick the seed I want to grow this season, and if you are wanting to up your pumpkin growing game then you need good seed.

My Giant Pumpkin Seed Germination Box

My Giant Pumpkin Seed Germination Box

I’m being organised and have dug out my germination box for the upcoming giant pumpkin season, find out what I use to start my giant pumpkin seeds.

NZ Giant Pumpkin Records

The NZ record for giant pumpkin was set by Tim Harris on the 8th of April 2018 with a pumpkin weighing in at 808kg.

The NZ record was set in 2016 at 789.5kg, grown by Tim Harris from Morrinsville.
NZ record giant pumpkin 789.5kg
Read more about it here.

 

 

In 2015 the NZ record was broken twice. First by Aaron Akkerman from Marton with a 732.5kg pumpkin
NZ record giant pumpkin 732.5kg
Read more about it here.
And a week later broken by Tim Harris from Morrinsville with a 754.5kg pumpkin.
NZ record giant pumpkin 754.5kg
Read more about it here.
The NZ record was broken in 2012 by the Bartons in Whangarei with a 721kg pumpkin.
NZ record giant pumpkin 721kg
Read more about it here.
The NZ record was broken 3 times in 2011.
First up was Daphne Humphreys from Kumeu with her 420kg pumpkin
NZ record giant pumpkin 420kg
Read more about it here.

Next was John McKay from Mapua with a 497kg pumpkin.
2011 record pumpkin, 497kg weighed in at Mapua
Read more about it here.

The heaviest pumpkin for 2011 was grown by Robbie Dorresteyn from Taupo and weighed in at 540kgs
2011 record pumpkin, 440kg weighed in Taupo
Read more about it here.

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