I am growing giant pumpkins for the first time this year. We thought these giants would be fun for the kids to watch grow. Although these giants almost didn't happen as I was ready to thrown in the towel.
I started the seeds indoors around February and they were doing fantastic. I thought I was in the clear but one day, all 3 plants decided they had enough of being cooped up indoors and in retaliation offed themselves. Even though early, I planted more seeds out at the farm towards the beginning of May. They never came up or if they did, were taken during the mothers day frost.
So I gave it one more shot. I planted 3 seeds at my home towards the end of April. I figured if they didn't come up then it wasn't meant to be this year.
Eventually the plants came up and grew and grew and grew. Then just a week ago, look what I found.
I hand pollinated it just to make sure it would grow. Grow it has! I'm surprised with the rate it grows. It's must have taken lessons from my zucchini as it seems to get bigger overnight.
This is one week later.
Although you can't tell from the picture, the pumpkin is larger than a baseball. A small softball if you will. I should start placing a ruler next to it to track its growth.
My kids are starting to show a lot of interest in this. Wait until it's larger then the two of them.