Posted by: Jason Wood | May 2, 2010

It’s the Great Pumpkin – 2010 edition.

It’s that time of year again, when pumpkin fever sets in. Last year Supergirl, Z-man and I found ourselves in possession of some Atlantic Giant pumpkins courtesy of Grandpa and we naively planted it in the midst of our garden. Well, the pumpkin thrived but at the expense of just about everything else in the garden (you can see last year’s pumpkin results here).

This year, a little older and a little wiser in the ways of pumpkin growing (we hope) we are starting much earlier. Last year we did not start growing until late June and it was almost mid-August before we had a pumpkin set on the vine and growing but we still managed to have a 50 pound pumpkin that measured 53 inches in circumference by the end of September. Our goal this year is to break the 200 pound mark, so keep your fingers crossed for us.

We will try and update every Sunday so you can see how everything is going and once we get a fruit on the vine we will post weekly circumference measurements as well.

May 2nd, 2010

First picture of this year’s contender

Isn’t he cute?

WEEK 2 – May 9th, 2010

Is it just me or does it look like he is offering himself up to the pumpkin gods?

WEEK 3 – May 16th, 2010

Don’t be deceived by the fact that the little guy looks shorter this week. Pumpkins are a shallow-rooted plant so in an effort to encourage greater root growth we piled up earth around the stalk. Looks to have given a bit of a boost as all sorts of new offshoots sprouted up this week. Next week is the May long-weekend so we will be moving outside! On a sad note though his little brother and sister will be given out to other homes, they are ready to spread their crazy growth in someone else’s yard!

WEEK 4 May 23rd, 2010

First day out in the backyard.
WEEK 5 – May 30th, 2010
After a week of hanging out in the back yard, a little bit of growth is starting. I am fine with just a little bit as I know what is coming in terms of growth so I am more than content to just the the little guy (emphasis on “little”) hang out and enjoy himself for a while!
June 24th, 2010
It has been a while since I posted an update on how the pumpkin is doing this year, and mostly because it has not been doing well, not well at all. Dead in fact. Two of them. For some reason pumpkin season is not doing well this year, so no more posts this year on pumpkins.


  1. How do we know he is a boy?
    Will you pickle him too?

    • Technically I guess it would be androgynous! No, carve him up and display him when the time comes (but save the seeds!)

  2. Boys have the seeds! So you are correct, I think!

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