Summer 2019 Gallery 3- How To Grow A 500 Pound Pumpkin
We decided to grow a 500 pound this year in Alan Bogardus's garden at the Red Barn Preserve. Step 1 was easy. George Colser brought in his equipment and we turned over the soil. It remains to be seen if we can actually get the job done.
Step 2 was to erect a strong fence around the perimeter of the garden to keep the critters out. Deer can be tough to deal with
Step 3 - Plant the seeds. I created 6 large mounds of dirt at least 25 feet apart and planted between 4 and 6 pumpkin seeds in each mound. The seed plantings occurred May 19th. The seeds were Atlantic Pumpkin seeds purchased on Ebay. Each seed package were seeds that came from giant pumpkins over 1,000 pounds. The directions say if the temp is 88 degrees the seeds should pop up in 4 days. Well - in the north country it does not get to 88 degrees until July. No surprise to find out I only got three plants to emerge 20 days later when the temperature hit 75 degrees. I am an optimist - I now have 3 chances to get my 500 pound pumpkin
Step 4 Deal With Critters. I found 2 painted turtles about 10 inches long wandering through the garden on the same day the seeds germinated. The battle with critters has started !!!!