Happy New Year to all the Halloween loving pumpkin growers. Ooojen mentioned it was time for a new thread, and what ooojen wants, she gets. Yes, I am in full seed buying mode. I am following the Giant Pumpkin seed auctions closely. Here is a link to the auction list: http://www.bigpumpkins.com/ViewArticle.asp?id=138
I am pretty much set on growing just two plants with 750 sq ft. alloted to each plant. The only way this will work in Georgia, is if I actually build that insect exclusion structure. As the regulars know, I generally plant about 24 plants and let the vine borers decide who lives. I generally can get about 6-12 pumpkins to the finish line with a lot of SVB defensive effort.
I have started a compost pile that is shaped like a strip of bacon (5ft x12ft). I am using mostly leaves as the base. The funny thing is that I have dragged over like 15 tarp fulls of leaves and it doesn't seem to be getting any bigger. I plan to use the compost at the end of the upcoming season in November. So this is some serious long term effort. But, I figure why buy dirt, when I can make my own to add to my clay base.
Below are the two plants (seeds in hand) that will be my primary plants if I can get them to germinate and I am planning on 4 more pumpkins as back-ups for mishaps. I would love to see pics of what everyone else is planning for 2019.
Plant #1: 2,152 lbs.
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Plant#2: 1,576 lbs.
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