Hoop Type Shade for your Giant Pumpkins

Another year into giant pumpkin growing and another year into providing shade for the pumpkin. The idea behind providing shade to the pumpkin is to help stop the sun from drying out the skin too much preventing growth of the fruit. In the previous years I have used a...

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Patch Update 10.02.2013

It has been nice and warm around these parts which is nice, I think I prefer the warmth to the cold any day. Some of the miniatures have already come to maturity so have pulled them off and have them hanging out on the table, always a great conversation starter, even...

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Giant Pumpkins NZ Patch Update 02.02.2013

Hello here is an update of what has been happening in my little part of the world and more importantly what has been happening in the pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are starting to grow From my many advanced calculations I have 5 pumpkins at various stages starting to grow....

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Bills Big Pumpkins – A Giant Pumpkin Documentary

If you have signed up to the Giant Pumpkins New Zealand newsletter you would have seen me mention this video a while ago. It is a full length documentary 87 mins in length that shows what Bill Foss goes through in his quest to grow the largest pumpkin in Minnesota...

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Product Review – Neta Litre Meter

I'm starting something new on the Giant Pumpkins NZ website for 2013 and that is reviews of products. There is no real timeline of when they will appear but it will be items that I actually am using for giant pumpkin growing.  I want to share with you the giant...

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Patch Update 12/01/2013

Hi there. I was supposed to post this on the weekend but got busy so you can get it now. The two plants that are planted in the horse/rhino poo with the in ground watering system are doing way way better then the others just planted in the normal soil. Here is the...

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Back from holiday update

So being away from the pumpkin patch for over a week isn't ideal, but these things happen. On my return I found a massive amounts of weeds growing, which although is a pain is a good sign that the soil is good for everything. The two plants that are doing the best are...

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Pre Christmas Update 2012

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...

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It is almost time to transplant

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...

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Technical Hiccup, and what’s been happening

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...

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The seeds are growing

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....

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More prep work on the patch

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...

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Seeds have been planted into their pots

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...

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Mitre 10 Mega – Big Pumpkin Competition 2013

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...

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Seed Starting – Helping them out

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....

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A New World Record – 2009 Ron Wallace

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...

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