So we’ve all heard the story about Jack and the Giant Beanstalk, right? Well here’s a true tale of ….Petey, the Giant Pumpkin. . . . to be! Petey started as just a seed and a dream, planted on March 23rd of this year. He germinated just a few short days later and has been growing with leaps and bounds ever since! Wayne and I thought it would be fun to just try and see how big we can actually get this pumpkin! So here is Petey’s story so far, mostly in pictures..
Petey’s main vine grows anywhere from 2-6 inches everyday, depending on the weather and conditions. Now if you really think about it….if Petey has 2 great growing days in a row, that’s 12 + inches! That adds up quickly!! It’s so fun watching him grow daily and sprouting new pumpkins. There were 3 pumpkins at the very start. We picked off two. Ideally if you want HUGE pumpkins, you must pick all but 1 or 2 pumpkins off the vine. This allows all that food and nutrients in the plant to go to the same spot, and grow one gigantic pumpkin! It’s not that easy to kill a perfectly good pumpkin…but it’s for a good reason, and there are more pumpkins starting daily. We just started feeding Petey fertilizer. We scooped up some yum yums from the cow pasture and mixed it with dirt and water and spread it on Petey’s bed. This should help give him the nutrients he needs for now. Then soon we will give a little more. Once Petey is ready for it…I will hook up an IV of milk directly to the pumpkin. I’ve never done this before, but I hear it should really get em’ goin’!
I do have a great concern for this vine however. We do live in northwest Wisconsin, and we DO have DEER! Those little devils have been in the yard more than once this spring. The other morning, I had just gotten out of the shower and it was barely breaking daylight. I looked out towards Petey and there was a doe just 15 feet away from him. So I ran outside screaming and flailing my arms. My dog (Arrow) came outside with me as well. (The other hound was still sleeping on the couch of course) Arrow sat at the top of the steps itching her head as I was frantically yelling at this deer.
The deer looked at me with wide eyes, but didn’t budge!! I looked around me and saw Happy sleeping
on the couch, Arrow itching her head by the top of the stairs, all the other hounds were still fast asleep in their houses, and scanning the scenery looked back into the yard at the doe. Just standing there still looking at me like “….what…??” OMG! I threw my hands up and went in the house frustrated!! The deer did end up running off about 40 yards, then stopped and continued grazing. It’s a rough life here in the northwooods, lol.
Now that another week has passed, Petey has grown with leaps and bounds! The plant itself is growing feet every week. The vines are reaching out and grounding themselves further and further everyday and sprouting new little pumpkins like crazy along the way. It’s so much fun watching something grow so fast! We have had pretty good growing temperatures this past week, 70’s and 80’s with rain about every other day. Couldn’t ask for any better garden growing conditions than that! Well let’s hope the deer stay away and Petey continues to grow big!! Until next time….may your garden outgrow your weeds! 😉