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So I was curious I know some members on here have metioned they liked to garden, has anyone ever tried growing giant pumpkins? I have a garden every year and always talk about trying it but I haven't yet.Last year I was at a fair in the fall while they were having a weigh in, some of those pumpkins were over 1000 pounds. So I bought some of the seeds they were selling from their pumpkins and this will be the year I give it a try.It should be fun and who knows I know i'd be happy with a couple hundred pounder imagine the face I could carve into that.
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Smithsonian Magazine recently did an article about the gardeners who compete for world-class-size pumpkins. They're closing in on growing a one-ton pumpkin. Here's the article online.
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I try to grow pumpkins every year and almost every year the stinking squash vine borers kill my vines. I dislike these bugs more than I can say. I have tried a million different methods to keep them off and the only one that was effective was a pesticide (sevin dust) but I'm just not willing to put that out into the environment again.

So yeah...boo.

HOWEVER, this past year I tried to grow a few different kinds of pumpkins again after not planting the garden for 2-3 years and there were surprisingly fewer borers! I actually got about 10 pumpkins this time, including 6 of the sugar pumpkins that I made pies out of! It was great.

I'm considering putting milkey spore (parasitic nematodes) into the soil this spring and trying to grow them again. These nematodes kill grubs and larvae of these moths, so I'm hoping they'll take care of the little suckers.

Thinking about gardening is helping me get over my lack-of-Christmas blues. In about a month it will be time to start planning the garden and we can plant in about 2.5 months. YAY!
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Last year we grew and carved our own jack o lanterns without to much problem,but I know what you mean about those pesky squash borers!
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I try to grow pumpkins every year and almost every year the stinking squash vine borers kill my vines. I dislike these bugs more than I can say. I have tried a million different methods to keep them off and the only one that was effective was a pesticide (sevin dust) but I'm just not willing to put that out into the environment again.

So yeah...boo.

HOWEVER, this past year I tried to grow a few different kinds of pumpkins again after not planting the garden for 2-3 years and there were surprisingly fewer borers! I actually got about 10 pumpkins this time, including 6 of the sugar pumpkins that I made pies out of! It was great.

I'm considering putting milkey spore (parasitic nematodes) into the soil this spring and trying to grow them again. These nematodes kill grubs and larvae of these moths, so I'm hoping they'll take care of the little suckers.

Thinking about gardening is helping me get over my lack-of-Christmas blues. In about a month it will be time to start planning the garden and we can plant in about 2.5 months. YAY!
I have never tried to grow a giant pumpkin, but I do so love to garden, I should find my pictures of the condo and post them, I have my pixie lillies on my page here.

I do plant veggies and flowers, but alas my garden pest is the Slug and Pill bugs!!! I too do not want to use Sevin Dust anymore - does anyone have a suggestion?

I would love to see the progress of Ron's Giant Pumpkin that would be cool to see!!!
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I have used Neem Oil on some of my plants and it keeps a bunch of the pets off. It's a tree extract.

It helped me get some pumpkins one year.

I'm with you Laurie...I grew a bunch of stuff on an apartment balcony one year! I had great tomato production too! It was awesome.
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I have a pretty nice size garden, just a bit of advise, if you plan to plant pumpkins this spring, plan on them (the vines) on taking up plenty of space. They grow and extend everywheres. But, I did grow the little jack-o-lanterns this past fall and it was pretty neat to go out back and pick my own pumpkins in the fall...

Funny thing; even my teenagers got a kick out of it (I thought they were 5 and 3 again, fighting to who gets to pick the biggest pumpkin).
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My wife and I are gardeners. Every year she shows at the Illinois State Fair brings home tons of ribbons so here is what she does.

When trying to grow the "super size" guys she waits until she has a selection of pumpkins on the same vine. She then picks out the biggest and most healthy looking one and strips off all the others leaving only the one she wants on the vine. She says this allows the plant to put all it's energy and resources into just the one plant and gives you the best chance for growth.

Hope this helps, I just wander around the garden with a beverage in my hand and water and weed what she tells me to, so I'm no expert.
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