submitted by: Rob Smith
When I was a kid I always wanted the biggest pumpkin I could find
for my jack-o-lantern. But all the pumpkins on the road side were
about the size of a basketball. And I being the typical seven year
old, I couldn't have a pumpkin that was the same size as my sister's.
Even in our own garden the pumpkins wouldn't get any bigger than
the ones on the road side.
When we planted the garden in spring, my sister and I would each
get one mound to plant our pumpkins. Every year the results were
the same, the pumpkins were all about the same size. When I saw
the news coverage of worlds biggest pumpkin competition in Springville,
NY, I was amazed. When I told my grandfather that I wanted to grow
my pumpkins like that he gave me a couple of tips.
First off, to grow the 1,000lb pumpkin you need the seeds for
the giant pumpkins. But, these tips will grow regular pumpkins
quite bigger than normal.
The first thing grandpa told me was to pinch off all blossoms
except one. That way all the nutrients are given to one pumpkin
instead of four or five. He said that I should leave the blossom
that is closest to the plant. I don't know why, I never asked him.
The second trick he shared with me was to feed the plant all our
sour milk. I think regular milk is good too, but it is kind of
a waste, so we just used milk that went sour.
The next thing he told me was to make sure to water the plant
everyday. Also he would mix up a little Miracle Grow with some
water, and have me water the plant with it every couple days.
These tips really worked. When fall came, my pumpkin was twice
as big as any of my sister's pumpkins. I was so big that I had
to roll it to the house from the garden. I would say that my pumpkins
from then on were roughly two feet in diameter.
So I guess the formula is 1 blossom + milk + water + fertilizer
+ a lot of attention = one big damn pumpkin!