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Title: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Y.E.A.H on March 22, 2011, 12:23
Hello all,

Unfortunately i haven't got time this year to run the heaviest pumpkin competition, so if there are any takers that would like to run it they are more than welcome to take it over :)

Best regards

Y.E.A.H
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on March 22, 2011, 13:29
Ok........I'll do it :)

The winner will grow the biggest pumpkin, rather than the heaviest.
You will have to post pics of the final measurement and we'll also have a poll for your favourite pic at the end, for the pretty rather than large pumpkins :)

Obviously it has to be grown and not bought  , but it can be any variety you would like to grow.

Ends 31st October

let me know if you want to play  :nowink:

Playing so far:

ME
DD........fifty something, but it looks pretty in the harvest festival pic ;)
Argyllie
Stompy
pigeonpie
Dom2599 (needs 50 posts)
flitwickone
massa
Whitewolf
disasterdave (needs 50 posts)
Junie
YEAH
Pol
SUTTY1
SkipRat
Ice
fatbelly
Epona 4
Waddecar
Mr Rotavator (needs 50 posts)
Snap Dragon
andy h (needs 50 posts)
Dan78
Trebor
waxwing (needs 50 posts)
sledgeboy (ditto)
mowerman
1jim
needsomehelp
peanut
Lottie Mary
gazza975526570
Paul Canning.............55in
suzie88
lancashiregardeninggal
simon watson
Herb                ( ditto)
Pompey Spud
Bluedave
mike1987
nigel2plots  56 inches  
NASH slugs got'em  :(
rossco
barrow boy (if up to 50 posts)
Cheshire Phill
Maverick
plopleuk
Thephoenix572
radiohead
Kate and her ducks
Yorkie
Carollan
Lilacsandy
Gesar (needs 50 posts) poor soil  :(
RsT     (    "      "      "    )
Caretaker
JB1970 (needs 50 posts)
veggirl
gillian62
pumpkinpatch
N.WalesIdealist
Squibbs 64in
Stratts
dekkars (needs 50 posts)
NellyCB (     "      "    "    )
Elcie
teasmade 61ins
Puenktchen
TheSpartacat
lordthanatos   82in
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on March 22, 2011, 13:30
Me, me, me pleeeze!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: arugula on March 22, 2011, 13:32
Go on then! Mine might just be pretty and not big, but I'll have a go anyway.  :wub:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: stompy on March 22, 2011, 14:19
How do get the weights?
Is it done on trust?
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on March 22, 2011, 14:37
Last year we did the biggest pumpkin, rather than the heaviest.
Post pics of the final measurement and we'll also have poll for favourite pic.

Obviously it has to be grown and not bought  ::), but it can be any variety you like to grow :)

How does that sound :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: stompy on March 22, 2011, 14:40
Sounds good to me.
Im in, i suppose i'll have to learn how to post a pic some time  :lol:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: arugula on March 22, 2011, 14:45
Its here stompy and anyone else who needs to know:

POSTING PICTURES IN A FORUM THREAD (http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=19476.msg100026#msg100026)

:)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: pigeonpie on March 22, 2011, 14:46
I'm now kicking myself for having chosen Small Sugar as my pumpkin variety for the year  :(
Perhaps a vist to the garden centre for some more seeds is in order...
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: stompy on March 22, 2011, 14:48
Thanks Argyllie,

I'll have to head to the gardencentre and get me some Hundred weight or Atlantic giant  ;)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Dom2599 on March 22, 2011, 16:20
Put me down please... :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: flitwickone on March 22, 2011, 17:32
im in
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: massa on March 22, 2011, 18:23
im in!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: WhiteWolf on March 22, 2011, 18:42
Never grown one......

But we're in  :D

WW  8)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: disasterdave on March 22, 2011, 20:09
i'm in  :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Junie on March 22, 2011, 20:11
Me too please - Can't do worse than last year!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Y.E.A.H on March 22, 2011, 20:22
although i'm not running it this year, i'd still like to participate please  :D

i have gone and bought Dill's Atlantic Giant seeds  :D
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Pol on March 22, 2011, 20:22
I'm in
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: SUTTY1 on March 22, 2011, 21:47
i'm in :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: SkipRat on March 22, 2011, 21:49
I,d also like to throw my hat into the ring.. :D
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Ice on March 22, 2011, 21:50
Count me in too. :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: fatbelly on March 22, 2011, 22:05
Fatbelly's playing.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Epona_4 on March 23, 2011, 19:17
oh dear i can feel myself typing and also saying 'me please'!!! im rubbish at pumpkins so if there is a booby prize i'll be betting it has my name on it already! haha :wacko:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: waddecar on March 23, 2011, 21:52
Yes please
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Mr Rotavator on March 23, 2011, 22:10
Can't miss out on this, count me in please.

Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Snap Dragon on March 23, 2011, 22:17
I'm in... I've never managed to grow a pumpkin yet so I need I don't think I'm a threat to anyone  ::)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: andy_h on March 23, 2011, 22:55
I might like to play - what size won last year??  I'm guessing butternuts aren't the best variety? ;)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Dan78 on March 24, 2011, 00:32
I was so optimistic about last years competition... was my first year with an allotment and basically my first year growing anything... Managed a nice perfect halloween sized pumpkin but nothing larger... Dont think i fed it enough though!

Put me down for this years competition please.. will have to try again :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Trebor on March 24, 2011, 15:44
Add me to the list please.

(Forgot to say, when I carved last years it broke the knife in two - may not be able to grow the biggest, but probably the toughest!)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: waxwing on March 24, 2011, 20:49
Me too :)

My son's Atlantic giants are doing well. But I do like my turks turbans, very colourfull and tasty.

Steve
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: sledgeboy on March 24, 2011, 21:21
I'd definitely like to give this a go, hopefully some competition will encourage my pumpkins to get larger than the golf ball sized efforts of previous years.

Also, what varieties are people growing. I picked up some Atlantic Giant seeds and am hoping that they live up to their name.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mower man on March 24, 2011, 21:53
Please add me to the list

I tried last year but failed big time !!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: 1jim on March 25, 2011, 22:52
can I throw my hat into the ring for this as well please. Last year was rubbish...got a couple small football sized ones but have a different variety this year :tongue2:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: needssomehelp on March 26, 2011, 06:47
i followed last years comp it was sooo exciting (i need to get out more) count me in this year, never grown a pumpkin before, but hey ho i do like a challenge  :) :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: peanut on March 26, 2011, 22:08
count me in (noticed pumpkin plants in the GC today - came as a bit of a surprise)  Isn't it way too early?
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on March 26, 2011, 22:12
yup....too early  ;)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on April 05, 2011, 21:16
does anybody else want to play?
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Lottie Mary on April 05, 2011, 21:23
Count me in please - though it will be the kiddos growing the pumpkins!   :D  I thought it would be encouraging for them to compete against each other to see who could grow the biggest pumpkin - so hopefully one of theirs will win!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: gazza975526570 on April 05, 2011, 21:30
can you add me in please

seed arrived today!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Paul Canning on April 05, 2011, 22:10
Can I be added please? Bought the seeds today at the Garden Centre
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: suziet88 on April 06, 2011, 10:18
Count me in!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: lancashiregardeninggal on April 06, 2011, 10:27
Me too - I'll get my son and nephew sowing some seeds :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: simonwatson on April 06, 2011, 13:43
I'll join in, thanks.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Aunty on April 06, 2011, 14:54
Get posting then Simon. 

You'll need at least 50 posts before entering the competition.  But I'm guessing you manage that LONG before the pumpkin has grown  :lol:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Herb on April 06, 2011, 16:00
My seeds are just popping out of the compost, so I'll enter (assuming I get to 50 posts before then :tongue2:)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Pompey Spud on April 06, 2011, 16:08
Count me in.

Don't sound sooo confident as last year Ice?  8)

I'm sowing the seeds next week.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on April 06, 2011, 19:09
BEWARE Ice has magic seeds  :tongue2:  :lol:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: pigeonpie on April 07, 2011, 10:05
Count me in (Thanks to the wonderful lacewing who so kindly sent me some seeds as my small sugar variety isn't going to win any size competitions)
 :D
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Bluedave on April 07, 2011, 12:56
count me in!

Must be able to do better than last year when all I got was just over tennis ball sized pumpkins!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mike1987 on April 07, 2011, 14:50
ill give it a go (goes to break it to the wife that we need yet more seeds)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Nige2Plots on April 07, 2011, 18:12
Now that two of my four Atlantic Giant have germinated, could you please count me in!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on April 07, 2011, 19:48
crafty move nige  ;)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: NASH on April 07, 2011, 20:27
Count me in as well please especially as I am trying one of those massive American varieties :D
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Nige2Plots on April 07, 2011, 20:31
crafty move nige  ;)
Indeed MoS ::) ::)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: simonwatson on April 14, 2011, 14:24
I'd definitely like to give this a go, hopefully some competition will encourage my pumpkins to get larger than the golf ball sized efforts of previous years.

Also, what varieties are people growing. I picked up some Atlantic Giant seeds and am hoping that they live up to their name.

I'm growing Jack O' Lantern and Atlantic Giant. The AG needed to be started off on wet kitchen paper in a tub, a bit like sweetcorn chitting. They wouldn't start just in a pot in a propagator.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: rossco on April 14, 2011, 15:50
I'll give it a go - not grown pumpkins before but am trying 'Connecticut Field' - AKA Jack O'Lantern!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: arugula on April 14, 2011, 16:35
'Connecticut Field'

Thanks for mentioning this rossco, thats the kind I grew last year but I didn't know their name. :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: rossco on April 14, 2011, 17:26
You're welcome!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: BarrowBoy on April 15, 2011, 08:37
Count me in please
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: arugula on April 15, 2011, 08:42
BarrowBoy, you'll need to get posting as you need to be a full forum member with at least 50 posts before you can enter. :D
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: BarrowBoy on April 15, 2011, 12:19
Here's another, 1 less required 8)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: arugula on April 15, 2011, 12:45
Here's another, 1 less required 8)

:D
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: stompy on May 05, 2011, 11:24
Well disaster this morning.

OH has just informed me that the 2 giant pumpkin plants we had have been eaten last night along with a corgette and 3 butternut squashes.   :mad:

They have eaten through the stems and left the leaves apparently.
She lifted the tray that they were sat in to find 2 rather large slugs  >:(
She is now on slug patrol under the other trays and pots.

The little *******  >:( :mad: :mad: >:(

So thats me out of the running.  :(
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Cheshire Phill on May 05, 2011, 12:19
Ha ha, oi'll give it a go now me Atlantics have popped up...I'm in!!

 :) :) :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Cheshire Phill on May 05, 2011, 12:22
Oooops, before I hear the angry flutter of words in my direction, only just noticed the previous post...my "Ha, ha" was definitely NOT aimed at Stompy's poor loss by slugs, just the entire thread (read the first couple of pages)!!!

Stompy, sow again, still plenty of time...

Phill  :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: stompy on May 05, 2011, 12:24
Toys duely thrown from pram  :(

And im taking my ball home :tongue2:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: maverick on May 05, 2011, 13:04
Can you put me down please? My atlantic giant's are doing quite well in little pots in the conservatory.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: plopleuk on June 14, 2011, 07:47
Count me in first timer so looking forward to the fun of this  :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Thephoenix572 on June 14, 2011, 14:24
Add me please. One which survived the frost is now about three foot in length
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on June 14, 2011, 14:33
We measure the pumpkins, not the vines!  :lol:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Thephoenix572 on June 14, 2011, 14:38
Oh I know just meant its got lots of buds on already
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on June 14, 2011, 14:39
All males !  :lol:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Thephoenix572 on June 14, 2011, 17:24
How do I tell if male or female buds-flowers?
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on June 14, 2011, 17:29
The female flowers have a baby pumpkin behind the flower...........the males just have stalks  ::)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: radiohead on June 14, 2011, 20:06
I'll have a bash....sounds like fun!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Kate and her Ducks on June 14, 2011, 21:32
I'm in but going for small but perfectly formed!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Yorkie on June 14, 2011, 22:18
Me too - the variety is called Baby Bear  :D
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Carollan on June 14, 2011, 22:50
I`ll have a try,not sure which plants I put in are pumpkins courgettes or butternut squash....I didn`t have anything to write on the plastic label when they were potted on.I was quite sure I`d remember which was which! :nowink:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: simonwatson on June 15, 2011, 12:56
I've got the first two female flowers on my Atlantic Giant. Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on June 15, 2011, 13:13
No problems.

Fingers crossed they drop off!  :lol:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: arugula on June 15, 2011, 13:15
I'm in but going for small but perfectly formed!

That sounds similar to my "prettiest" plan. :D
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on June 15, 2011, 14:18
Surely my Thelma Sanders squash will be the prettiest  ::)


You will vote for MumS's squash.....you will vote for Mum's.........
(http://bestsmileys.com/movingeyes/6.gif)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Herb on June 15, 2011, 16:30
Well, bit of a set back, only one out of first 3 plants survived the winds.

More growing on though! :D
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Thephoenix572 on June 15, 2011, 18:40
Just been to lottie and one of the buds has a pumpkin behind it. So excited
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: LilacSandy on June 15, 2011, 20:13
I'd like to try, bet I win the booby prize though, they are not Atlantic Giant and they shore do not look very pretty plants at the moment but I will persivere.  :unsure:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: NASH on June 15, 2011, 22:28
Some fat slugs finished my pumpkin plants off when they had 4 leaves, all that was left was the stem  >:(

Therefore I withdraw my entry this year.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on June 15, 2011, 22:35
 :( very sad!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Aunty on June 16, 2011, 10:50
Some fat slugs finished my pumpkin plants off when they had 4 leaves, all that was left was the stem  >:(

Therefore I withdraw my entry this year.

Nash, You should remove some of your weed suppressant matting (it's slug paradise under there) and do a bit of hoeing instead.   
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: simonwatson on June 16, 2011, 11:15
No problems.

Fingers crossed they drop off!  :lol:

The flower was opening when I came down this morning. Need to find a suitable male flower to poke in there!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Gesar on June 17, 2011, 01:15
Hi folks i planted some pumpkins 2 weeks ago hopefully they will be up in the next week so count me in if that is ok !
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on June 17, 2011, 09:04
I will add you, but you have to have made 50 posts by the end of October, before judging :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: BarrowBoy on June 17, 2011, 20:43
The plants are making good progress plant 1. Has two established fruit about cricket ball size and plant 2. One about a golf ball size.
With all this rain we have had this week in Essex I am hoping to find a couple of footballs tomorrow
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: LilacSandy on June 18, 2011, 15:39
So cold, so wet, so miserable.  I expect mine to shrivel up and die
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: RsT on June 18, 2011, 17:46
Have the pumpkin plant in the ground now, just got to get posts up to 50 then I can enter! :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Caretaker on June 18, 2011, 20:25
Can I have a go please.
Reg

I grow 6 pumpkin's every year and on Halloween night we go to my daughters home and have a BBQ and carve up the pumpkin's, the first year my youngest daughters husband said NO WAY it's childish, well he did have a go and his was the best one.
We are this year thinking of floating them down the canal with lights in them.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Gesar on June 19, 2011, 00:16
Sure no problem ;-)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mower man on June 19, 2011, 07:08
Sorry I diidn't know about the 50 post part  !!

Is there anything else that happens when 50 posts are reached ?
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on June 19, 2011, 07:13
Nothing too remarkable!

It's just an arbitary level set to ensure that it's our active members that can participate and not someone who joins trying to win the competitions, (not just this one), although you'll never make your fortune from the prizes.

I'll sure you'll manage another 15 posts before the end of October!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Thephoenix572 on June 24, 2011, 15:56
I planted my first one yesterday in a space the first earlies came from. Sank a plant pot next to it so the water goes to the roots. How often should I water it?
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on June 24, 2011, 15:59
Only you know how dry your soil is  :nowink:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on June 24, 2011, 16:11
Don't forget the foliar feed of Resolva 24.  :tongue2:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: arugula on June 24, 2011, 16:18
Don't forget the foliar feed of Resolva 24.  :tongue2:

 :ohmy: :lol:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on June 24, 2011, 16:21
Don't forget the foliar feed of Resolva 24.  :tongue2:

Good advice (http://bestsmileys.com/evil/8.gif)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Junie on June 27, 2011, 14:40
I have 3 fruits so far getting on for tea plate size ( obviously not flat  ::) - couldn't think of a ball the same size!)

Just need to keep them going and keep the insects away!!  Probably need to feed them too !
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: BarrowBoy on July 13, 2011, 10:13
Just to help get my numbers up to fifty so i can claim 1st prize    :D thought i would provide a quick update pic of my pumpkin, the black case is off my blackberry as a size guide.
problem is this plant has 4 pumkins of similar size on the same vine and i cant bring myself to cull the others to make it focus on just one!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: SUTTY1 on July 13, 2011, 12:26
Thats a good size!!!

Dont think i've even got 1 pollinated yet :(

But we all know the story off the hare and the tortoise :D :D :D
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: BarrowBoy on July 13, 2011, 12:36
very true....it may just be early i think it may be holding my final weight-in,  in august rather than october  :unsure:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on July 13, 2011, 19:03
posting like that doesn't count, either  :dry:

So I've deleted the copycat one!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: JB1970 on July 13, 2011, 22:14
Just seen this thread - is it too late to enter? Will work on the post count!!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on July 13, 2011, 22:17
You'll really have to  ::) :lol:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Junie on July 13, 2011, 23:17
I have a question...
The closing date is on 31st October, is that the date that the pumpkin should be measured or can they be measured at any time before that date ?  Mine are going great guns , but I am worried they will not stay the course!  Can ?I keep taking photos and just enter the biggest one?

Thanks
June
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: veggirl on July 14, 2011, 09:21
I'm in, if I can work out how to post a picture. It's the first pumpkin I've ever managed to get past ping pong ball size!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: simonwatson on July 14, 2011, 10:54
Just to help get my numbers up to fifty so i can claim 1st prize    :D thought i would provide a quick update pic of my pumpkin, the black case is off my blackberry as a size guide.
problem is this plant has 4 pumkins of similar size on the same vine and i cant bring myself to cull the others to make it focus on just one!

What variety is this?
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: BarrowBoy on July 14, 2011, 12:08
 @simonwatson

Its dills giant atlantic purchased from T&M a couple of years ago. I grew them last year saved the seeds but had a total failure in germination from the saved seeds, then found two seeds in the old packet and both germinated fine !
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: simonwatson on July 14, 2011, 13:24
I've got one Atlantic giant that's just started to take off. Looks like one fruit is set, but it's only tennis ball sized at the moment. Hope mine can give you a run for your money!!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: BarrowBoy on July 14, 2011, 13:51
Only time will tell, they seem to double in size week on week these have been going about 3 - 4 weeks now i am sure you will soon catch up!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Thephoenix572 on July 15, 2011, 22:12
I've got one pumpkin which is slightly larger than a tennis ball all the others dropped off when smaller than this. Does it mean its been pollinated and will keep growing now or is there a fear it might still fall?
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on July 16, 2011, 07:13
I think that one is up and running by the sounds of it!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Thephoenix572 on July 16, 2011, 10:41
Excellent in a Mr Burns style
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: arugula on July 16, 2011, 10:42
 :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: gillian62 on July 16, 2011, 13:47
I would like to join in please.  I have a couple plants that are growing well, I just need to get the fruits sorted out a bit.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on July 16, 2011, 13:47
Sorry, if you have plants that are growing well, you don't qualify. :tongue2:

I'll stick you in as mos seems not to be around at the mo.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: SUTTY1 on July 16, 2011, 22:11
At last i've seen male and female flowers on pumpkin and squash plants. Maybe too late to grow a winner but might but beter looking than last years ug ;) ;)ly *
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: needssomehelp on July 18, 2011, 06:34
woo hoo, first time grower and its about the size of a honeydew melon, i got it over the tennis ball stage without dying !
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on July 18, 2011, 06:48
I've actually got a female flwoer that's opened.

Might have to pollinate it with a courgette though!  >:(
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: arugula on July 18, 2011, 07:04
Might have to pollinate it with a courgette though!  >:(

And the result might look like...... :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: rossco on July 18, 2011, 12:57
I seem to have some whoppers growing!

I will post a picture later  :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: rossco on July 19, 2011, 08:41
(http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b128/rossco_99/45248647.jpg)

Photo with my wallet as a size guide, the wallet is 4 1/2" long. 

I have 2 this size, at least 4 slightly smaller and another half a dozen of the tennis ball size.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: BarrowBoy on July 19, 2011, 10:22
@Rossco what variety are you growing?
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on July 19, 2011, 10:29
Might have to pollinate it with a courgette though!  >:(

And the result might look like...... :)

A pumpkin.

Next year's could be interesting though.  :lol:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: rossco on July 19, 2011, 10:33
@ BarrowBoy - Connecticut Field
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on July 19, 2011, 10:48
We should be safe then, I think they're a standard variety, not a giant one!  :tongue2:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: rossco on July 19, 2011, 10:52
We should be safe then, I think they're a standard variety, not a giant one!  :tongue2:

I will feed them up some more!!!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: rossco on July 19, 2011, 11:06
Out of interest, when do they normally start to turn orange?

Never grown any pumpkins before  :D
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: veggirl on July 19, 2011, 11:33
Out of interest, when do they normally start to turn orange?

Never grown any pumpkins before  :D
I'm interested too - I put in two pumpkin plants (generic garden centre from the same tray). One has a decent sized yellow pumpkin growing, and this morning I found a tennis ball sized, dark green one on the other. Will this turn orange, or stay green? I suppose it'll taste the same?
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on July 19, 2011, 11:58
They don't all turn yellow/orange - some even stay green until they've been stored for quite a while - I still had a green one at New Year  8)

You do notice a change in their colour when they get ripe though and (apart from the ginourmous ones) the size will tell you.
Also the skins get a lot tougher so you can hardly dig a fingernail in.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: SUTTY1 on July 19, 2011, 21:59
At lat mine are up and running :)

Forget feeding with beer, think they deserve a good single malt to catch up!
Or is that me who needs one :D :D :D
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on July 19, 2011, 22:00
There's only one place for beer and that's not being used on pumpkins or slugs!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: SUTTY1 on July 19, 2011, 22:13
Toooooooooooo Truuuuuuuue :happy:

pump slops from the local for the slugs!!!!!!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on July 20, 2011, 10:32
I've "stickied" this just until it's all over, as the thread's getting popular now. It'll make it easier to find.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: JayG on July 20, 2011, 16:46
I've "stickied" this just until it's all over, as the thread's getting popular now. It'll make it easier to find.

I'm sure everyone was already glued to it DD.  ::)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on July 20, 2011, 16:51
Stickie - a piece of wood............... -aaarghhh - I'm at it now!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: pumpkinpatch on July 20, 2011, 20:28
Count me in

Yet again, im growing a small variety this year but im still all for it  :)

Does it count if i merge all my pumpkins into one big pumpkin ?  :tongue2:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on July 20, 2011, 21:22
Does it count if i merge all my pumpkins into one big pumpkin ?  :tongue2:


 :nowink: If only it were that easy  :tongue2:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: N.WalesIdealist on July 21, 2011, 20:45
ME please!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Squibbs on July 21, 2011, 23:09
First year of growing pumpkins so count me in please
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Nige2Plots on July 22, 2011, 17:38
I have limited the Atlantic Giant to the two best fruits. Time will tell!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on July 22, 2011, 17:44
Don't forget to feed them.

Try a high nitrogen foiliar feed. May I suggest a feed of pure liquid nitrogen at -196 oC?
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Nige2Plots on July 22, 2011, 17:49
Don't forget to feed them.

Try a high nitrogen foiliar feed. May I suggest a feed of pure liquid nitrogen at -196 oC?

 :ohmy: :ohmy: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on July 22, 2011, 19:37
You can rely on the helpful advice on this thread can't you  :)
(http://bestsmileys.com/evil/8.gif)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Stratts on July 25, 2011, 13:03
Chuck my name down please I get a feeling a pumpkin might be the 1st thing ever to come off my allotment, so I'll be going for the sympathy vote  :tongue2:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Thephoenix572 on July 25, 2011, 16:16
Why do they say to put pumpkins on a piece of glass and when do you start to do that?
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on July 25, 2011, 16:18
I wouldn't recommend glass from a safety point of view, but anything like an old tile, piece of slate etc. can be used.

It's just a barrier between the pumpkin and the soil to stop the nasties burrowing in.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Thephoenix572 on July 25, 2011, 16:22
Goodo I put one under this morning would post a pic of mine if I can work out how to from my new phone. It's  about a size one football shape at present
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: JayG on July 25, 2011, 17:31
Goodo I put one under this morning would post a pic of mine if I can work out how to from my new phone. It's  about a size one football shape at present

Wow! That's one BIG phone!  :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Thephoenix572 on July 25, 2011, 18:27
Lol
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: N.WalesIdealist on July 25, 2011, 19:05
Well, despite Morgan the bleedin' stupid labrador happily treading all over my pumpkin patch, my four jack o lanterns and 1 atlantic giant are still going strong, not quite stopped them yet, I'm waiting till they've grown a little bit first, they're only tennis ball size at the moment!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: LilacSandy on July 25, 2011, 19:49
I have five growing on one bush at the moment, I know I should stop the plant but it is the only one fruiting and it is so lush that I cannot do it.  ::)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Junie on July 25, 2011, 22:26
I was wondering about putting something underneath the fruit..  Fear I may be too late though!  How easily do the stems break?
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Nige2Plots on July 27, 2011, 19:29
One of the fruits has tripled in size over the last two days :D :D
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on July 27, 2011, 20:08
It's now an inch across???  :ohmy:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Nige2Plots on July 27, 2011, 21:14
It's now an inch across???  :ohmy:
I wish ...................at least twelve ;) ;) :lol:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on July 27, 2011, 21:21
I'm only just getting male flower buds on mine.  :(
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: SUTTY1 on July 27, 2011, 22:08
I've 3 or 4 about 18 across :) :D :tongue2:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Junie on July 29, 2011, 22:27
I've 3 or 4 about 18 across :) :D :tongue2:
cm or in   :)
me too - ( inches that is)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: SUTTY1 on July 30, 2011, 00:35
Truth junie :nowink:

Only mm :(
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Junie on July 31, 2011, 19:37
Just been out for a measure and was really surprised.. Something good has come out of 2 weeks of rain...  Fingers crossed they don't vanish.

8 largish pumpkins the 2 biggest 53 and 52 inches girth.

Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: JayG on July 31, 2011, 19:42
Ah, the old "two tape measure trick!"  :lol:

Only joking; those look brilliant (and no, I've never grown them - struggling to even get my little winter squashes to deliver this year!)  :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on July 31, 2011, 19:51
Hang on - don't think it's a level playing field!

Says he who's pumpkins only threw up their first male flowers today.  :(
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: tooo many seeds on July 31, 2011, 20:22
i have one good one slightly bigger than a basket ball is that good at this stage did'nt measure it,i had others but they died off at about cricket ball size,i measure everything in balls :lol:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on July 31, 2011, 20:32
It's good compared to my tidlers but not good compared to some others mentioned above  :nowink:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Pompey Spud on August 08, 2011, 19:32
At last.....a challenger has risen.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Junie on August 08, 2011, 22:39
It certainly gets the prettiest award!  What variety is it?
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Pompey Spud on August 09, 2011, 09:33
Atlantic Giant. For some reason it started off with a green tinge.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Junie on August 10, 2011, 00:08
Mine didn't do that - always boring orange - love them, I hope they stay that colour.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: LilacSandy on August 14, 2011, 14:43
I have one green football at the moment, how do I know when it stops growing?
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on August 14, 2011, 14:44
The measurement on the tape measure stay the same.  :tongue2:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: SUTTY1 on August 14, 2011, 17:19
Mine are about football size but similar to pompeyspud atlantic giant but not quite right. Seed from same pkt as last year but green stripey fruit more like a cross between a pumpkin and marrow in shape :( but its all part off the fun of growing ::)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Thephoenix572 on August 15, 2011, 23:45
Ooh got a second pumpkin growing bit bigger than a cricket ball
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: simonwatson on August 16, 2011, 14:06
I've got two fruits on my atlantic giant that are growing. Both bright yellow and the size of a grapefruit at the moment. Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: dekkars on August 16, 2011, 14:20
Please count me in.  Mine won't win any "Pretty" contest. In truth it's as ugly as sin! but size may give it a chance!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on August 16, 2011, 14:23
I'll add you to the list, but you have to have a post count of 50 by the end of October (forum rules ;))
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: dekkars on August 16, 2011, 14:29
Sorry! didn't realise that. 50 eh, well I will try, though I suspect you'll all be sick of me by then!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on August 16, 2011, 14:31
good luck  :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Nige2Plots on August 16, 2011, 19:14
No 1 is coming on rather nicely ;) Still yellow and still growing. It's nearing Space Hopper Size at a guess :ohmy:
No 2 Is about Basket Ball size :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Gesar on August 17, 2011, 09:01
I am out my soil is very poor where i have planted next year though ;-)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: NellyCB on August 19, 2011, 22:21
Count me in please - I'll get my posts in :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Headgardener22 on August 19, 2011, 23:10
What does one do with a large pumpkin? I grow the small ones (so I won't be taking part) they are great microwaved as an individual vegetable.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: LilacSandy on August 20, 2011, 12:44
1. Its good fun just to grow them
2. Kids love them to cut up for Halloween.
3. Roast slices or make pumpkin soup.
4. You could try pumpkin pie with the rest.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: NellyCB on August 20, 2011, 12:48
1. Its good fun just to grow them
2. Kids love them to cut up for Halloween.
3. Roast slices or make pumpkin soup.
4. You could try pumpkin pie with the rest.

I'm going to try pumpkin pie this year I think.  But first and foremost our daughter will be carving her "prize" pumpkin and she can't wait!!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Thephoenix572 on August 21, 2011, 14:11
I've got three growing now basketball size cricket ball size and slightly larger than a golf ball
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: lordthanatos on August 22, 2011, 12:30
heres one of mine

only been on the grow for about 3 weeks so doing rather well !

measuring about 50" at the mo though wont really know till its harvested

my little helper loves them
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Elcie on August 22, 2011, 16:12
My biggest is looking quite good, bigger than football size which my second biggest is.  I doubt it will win but I may as well enter!  If it's not too late of course!







(added to list ;) )
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Puenktchen on August 23, 2011, 13:08
I grow Atlantic Giant and my pumpkin is now at least the size of a beach ball and I am not able to lift it anymore. I water it every day with nettle and comfrey fertilizer and it feels like it gets bigger and bigger each day.

So if it is still possible I would like to enter the pumpkin competition as well.

(added to list ;))
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Junie on August 23, 2011, 19:57
Come back from hols and although the pumpkins are OK the plants are not very well, going brown.  They are probably as big as they will be - but I will keep trying!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: TheSpartacat on August 23, 2011, 22:29
I thought i'd already joined this.... but seems not... please count me in too....?
:-)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: N.WalesIdealist on August 25, 2011, 23:23
Im pretty worried having seen some of the competition around! Mine are only around cricket ball size at the moment! Hope they catch up!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: NellyCB on August 28, 2011, 23:36
I don't think I stand a chance of winning, as it's the first pumpkin I've ever grown but I have to admit, I'm enjoying just having something grow so well!!

Is there a prize for best virgin pumpkinner?   :D :tongue2:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on August 29, 2011, 09:17
There are no prizes at all, it's just a bit of fun  ;)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: NellyCB on August 29, 2011, 10:58
There are no prizes at all, it's just a bit of fun  ;)
I know, just kidding.   ;)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on August 29, 2011, 11:03
There are no prizes at all, it's just a bit of fun  ;)

Now she tells us!  :tongue2:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on August 29, 2011, 13:07
I suppose I could manage a 'get off the norty step' voucher............. :lol:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on August 29, 2011, 13:11
Hey - we could have a game of forum monopoly - "Go directly to the norty step, do not pass the plot gate", buy up vacant plots, build sheds on them, get cards from the community shop.....

I shouldn't have suggested that, should I?
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on August 29, 2011, 13:26
uh oh, bad idea


 :lol:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: arugula on August 29, 2011, 13:28
"Go directly to the norty step, do not pass the plot gate"

Yes I think you should test that feature of the game, for suggesting it.  :D
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Plot 6B on September 02, 2011, 07:45
I'm back and I'm still in I hope!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on September 02, 2011, 10:14
of course  ;)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Plot 6B on September 18, 2011, 18:59
Hows everyones Pumpkins doing?  One of mine is now slush (Why does that happen?) The other I will measure in the next few days ;)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: teasmade! on September 18, 2011, 20:22
i wondered if we could enter please?? i know i need a few more posts but would like to if thats o.k

had to bring our 1st pumpkin home today as the stem had snapped as it had fell over in the bad weather its the biggest thing we have ever grown.

the second one is a little way behind this but they seem to be the talk of the allotment. its been lovely to share this as they all ask 'how big this week??' and the suggestions of what to do with them after

heres a pic if i manage to load it up  :D its 61inchs all the way around and 31 kilos in weight  the 2nd one is ....................???? we'll have to wait and see  ;)

Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: digalotty on September 18, 2011, 22:03
bigger than a cricket ball but not as big as a football,    :(
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on September 19, 2011, 09:03
This friendly competition ends on 31st October, so there is plenty of time for them to get huge  ::) ;)

and for the pretty ones   to get prettier :nowink:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Elcie on September 19, 2011, 21:32
My biggest one is now bigger than a football, although it is orange now so I'm guessing that means it won't get much bigger.  I also have a really ugly one but I don't suppose there is a category for that!!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: TheSpartacat on September 24, 2011, 13:35
What kind of pumpkin is that Teasmade? It's a lovely shape!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on September 24, 2011, 21:04
Mine's not a compy winner, it only got to 50 something inches round, nevertheless it's been given it's own little display at the harvest festival, along with some of my carrots.

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c182/G4IAR/P1010391.jpg)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: gillian62 on September 27, 2011, 18:45
Well, it appears I won't be putting mine in the competition after all - it has been pinched from my allotment plot, together with quite a number of small ones - absolutely pointless!! :mad: :mad:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Paul Canning on September 28, 2011, 10:08
*!

I know that my allotment neighbour (the chairman no less) had 2 of his nicked last year, even used his wheelbarrow to do it :-(
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: teasmade! on October 01, 2011, 00:58
hi TheSpartacat,
its alantic giant i think but bought on sale and had some dodgy stuff from same shop ??

no manure just compost and a lot of love  :D and food

thanks for saying its a lovely shape as it is very witchy and full of halloween potential :)

due to hot weather it is not happy so have to deal with it this weekend  :ohmy:

pumpkin pie anyone???
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: carlrmj on October 04, 2011, 19:25

Hi I can't enter this competition as not enough posts.
Anyway i've never grew pumpkins before but my daughter gave me some seeds from a magazine,Out of 10 seeds only 2 managed to survive to produce pumpkins,and the plants seemed to go on forever.
They produced 6 pumpkins between them,about the size of a football,sonot going to win any competitions with them! anyway.

Carl
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: SUTTY1 on October 04, 2011, 23:43
Some 1 put me out of my misery :( :(

There must be some big'ish pumpkins out there!

Seem's like its a poor year for size up here but have 3-4 football size per plant :D :D
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Paul Canning on October 07, 2011, 22:20
Well here's a pic of my 3 and I'm fairly pleased with them, all the foliage is starting to die back now so I'm tempted to harvest them now to be honest as there's a risk they'll get nicked :-(

(http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d33/Donegal_Paul/Allotment/pp01.jpg)

The one on the left is the largest it's not just a trick of the photo.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on October 07, 2011, 22:23
I'd get them in, Paul. Looking at the colour, as you say, they won't get any bigger and it'd be a shame to lose them.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Paul Canning on October 07, 2011, 23:48
yea, think its gonna be a job for tomorrow
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Junie on October 08, 2011, 21:39
Walked into our local convenience store, to see two huge pumpkins about twice the size of mine, which I am pleased with, one was labeled up as 58 kg ( didnt look at the price)  Now thinking mine are a bit small,  :(
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Pompey Spud on October 10, 2011, 12:45
Harvested my pair this weekend.

One of them crossed with a Crown Prince but still gave a weight of 78lb.

The other one is 74 inches and weighs 106lb. Has a chance.

Last years was lighter but still won the village contest so...fingers crossed.

Trying to send pics from phone to pc.

Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Dom2599 on October 10, 2011, 12:47
Me and my boy pulled our Big Max pumpkin yesterday, i havent weighed it yet, but measures at 47 inches around....little lad is chuffed to bits with it :D
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Paul Canning on October 10, 2011, 15:53
Well, finally got mine in today, never got a chance at the weekend.

(http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d33/Donegal_Paul/Allotment/p02.jpg)

Only 3 of them in total but the largest is 55 inches which I'm quite pleased with personally. (http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d33/Donegal_Paul/Allotment/p04.jpg)

I weighed all three and they go from 12kg to 18kg to the big one weighing in at 24kg.

I used a paint pot and the bathroom scales reset to zero so it was only weighing the pumpkin and not the paint obviously. This way with the big one on I could see the scales :-)

(http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d33/Donegal_Paul/Allotment/p06.jpg)
(http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d33/Donegal_Paul/Allotment/p07.jpg)
(http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d33/Donegal_Paul/Allotment/p05.jpg)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: lordthanatos on October 10, 2011, 20:02
i bought mine in today

my arms are still sore from lifting it so will post a pic with measurement very soon.

I wont know the weight as i don't have any scales which is a shame.

im very proud to say the least and certainly put the "Giant Pumpkins" at tesco to shame
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: lordthanatos on October 12, 2011, 20:43
well here they are, certainly a happy chap !
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on October 12, 2011, 20:49

We can all see they're big, but will you actually measure them like Paul Canning did in his pic above, please.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: lordthanatos on October 12, 2011, 20:58
here we are  around 82 inchs
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on October 12, 2011, 21:01
Thank you  :)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on October 12, 2011, 21:33
lordanatos - you've unintentionally created a bit of a quandry.

Whilst it's not specified to the letter, the ethos behind this is to register at the start of the season and see where we get at the end of it, not to suddenly appear towards the end of the season with what could be a winner.

You've not actually registered as requested in the posts at the start of the thread and therefore, by the book you are not "officially" in the contest.

If yours is the biggest it may not seem fair to the others who did register.

It's not my decision, but I feel inclined to stick with those who have put their names down, think about a closing date for entries if we do it next year, and for this year have a "this is what you're up against next time" category.


Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: lordthanatos on October 12, 2011, 22:02
oh man, i probably didnt read the posts close enough to see that i had to put my name down for it   :( :( :(
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: DD. on October 12, 2011, 22:04
Second post in the thread.

Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: lordthanatos on October 12, 2011, 22:15
ok i really didnt read close enough !!  :tongue2:     :D
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: TheSpartacat on October 15, 2011, 18:02
It's not my decision, but I feel inclined to stick with those who have put their names down, think about a closing date for entries if we do it next year, and for this year have a "this is what you're up against next time" category.

Who's decision is it DD?  :blink:
You're correct in saying that it isn't specified to the letter that their name has to be down in order to take part...
To my mind, it doesn't really make a huge difference to anyone else's pumpkin size to know exactly who else, or how many other pumpkins they are up against? A biggun is a biggun... it doesnt change anyone else's growing tactics if that makes sense...
It would be different if this late entry was someone who literally just joined the board to then say they had the largest pumpkin...  :nowink:


heres one of mine

only been on the grow for about 3 weeks so doing rather well !

measuring about 50" at the mo though wont really know till its harvested

my little helper loves them

It's clear from the above post, back in August that Lordthanatos has considered himself in the competition for at the past two months, would it be fair to fault him for not literally asking or saying:
"Can you please put my name down?" because for me at least, that's evidence enough that his entry is more than valid.

Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on October 15, 2011, 21:14
I note your opinion Spartacat - but it's not your decision who should be included in the competition, or not.

The decision was made by moderators, and not just DD - lordthanotos, and everyone else, will remember to make sure they put their names down next year, won't they  ;)

Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: stu007 on October 24, 2011, 14:03
Unfortunately mine got stolen over the weekend  :(
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on October 24, 2011, 16:09
That's sad stu :(




Please can you all measure & post photo of your pumpkins if they are big ones, or
just post photo of the rest so we can choose the prettiest one :nowink:

The closing date is 31st October, so please post by then.




ps: there are a few people that need to make some more posts in order to qualify ;)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: blackbelt on October 24, 2011, 16:23
What a great Idea !! Next year I'll be in on this for sure. This year I was not prepared. My pumpkin patch is cleaned out, and what I don't sell, goes to the pigs and live-stock. Count me in next year!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: stompy on October 25, 2011, 08:51
Quote
It's clear from the above post, back in August that Lordthanatos has considered himself in the competition for at the past two months, would it be fair to fault him for not literally asking or saying:
"Can you please put my name down?" because for me at least, that's evidence enough that his entry is more than valid.

Sorry but im with spartacat on this one.
I think that someone has done a really good job in getting one this size and feel that not being aloud in could be quite discouraging in a major way for them and their child  :nowink:

He posted back in August, why didn't a Mod tell him he needed to put his name down?
I feel there has been a mistake from both the Mods and the member.

I personally think the decision should be overturned, just my opinion but i would like to hear what others think about it!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: noshed on October 25, 2011, 09:27
I think it's a pumpkin competition, on a website.
There will be another one next year probably.
Just judge the ones who entered at the beginning and admire the other fine ones.
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: stompy on October 25, 2011, 09:35
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I think it's a pumpkin competition, on a website.

Exactly, so why can't he be aloud in?


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There will be another one next year probably.

Possibly so, but how would you feel if you grew a fab one this year thinking you may win, only to be told what he has, a simple genuine mistake that in my opinion would be overlooked if it wasn't so big  ;)

Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on October 25, 2011, 09:56
I don't think anybody would grow a big pumpkin 'because they thought they might win' this competition  ;) We grow them for personal satisfaction, surely.

When I took on this competition it was supposed to be a bit of fun between friends, with no prize!....and very little in the way of rules, apparently ::)

So to restore harmony ...............anybody that has already posted on this thread will be included in the judging. as long as they have made enough posts to qualify.
(If the competition is run next year.........the rules will be made plain at the outset)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: stompy on October 25, 2011, 10:31
A very wise and honourable desition Mos.

This is why you are my favourite Mod.  ;)  :lol:  :blush:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Gwiz on October 25, 2011, 12:28
A very wise and honourable desition Mos.

This is why you are my favourite Mod.  ;)  :lol:  :blush:
Right, that's it! I feel hurt and dejected now. :D
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: stompy on October 25, 2011, 12:35
As well as you too Gwiz, of course  ;)
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: teasmade! on October 26, 2011, 20:35
well we only have one pumpkin to enter as the other one got mould and had issues shall we say  :(

i know its not the winner but enjoyed watching it grow so 61 inches round is as large as we can get but my husband now has the pumpkin bug so he reckons next year they will be bigger and better  :D

cant wait to see everyone elses pumpkins good luck to all  :D

Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Plot 6B on October 28, 2011, 19:13
My Atlantic Giant weighed in at 33Kg's and 56 inches circumference. Alas no picture as the neighbours I gave it to have already started eating it ::) ::)
I did get a lot of enjoyment in giving it to them, as I know they are vegetarians and that they would put it to good use!
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on October 28, 2011, 19:21
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Alas no picture
good job it wasn't a winner then nige  ;)    but it was a lot bigger than any of mine :lol:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Plot 6B on October 28, 2011, 19:25
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Alas no picture
good job it wasn't a winner then nige  ;)    but it was a lot bigger than any of mine :lol:

Would a seed packet picture count?   :ohmy: :ohmy: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Squibbs on October 31, 2011, 21:46
Mine is 64 inches.

 Not the biggest - but not bad for a first effort
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: mumofstig on November 01, 2011, 15:16
It's obviously not been a good year for pumpkin growing with very few posted results  :(

So Well done to lordthanatos  for a whopping 82 inch winner  :ohmy:

Squibbs was 2nd with 64 ins

and teasmade 3rd with 61ins.

The prettiest pumpkin prize goes to DD. simply because I like a nice harvest festival display  ;)  



Roll on next year  :D
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: Squibbs on November 02, 2011, 00:21
WoW 2nd - I am surprised - for an Atlantic giant its not all that big, though a lot larger than the pumpkin on the sister plant (the little one in the barrow)

Hopefully next year we shall all be bigger and better
Title: Re: Pumpkin contest 2011
Post by: teasmade! on November 11, 2011, 23:22
i am so sorry i have not been on the site but the 'C' word is coming and i work in a school so its all go, go, go massive 'C' countdown to squeeze it all in!! :D

3rd, my husband will be chuffed, thank you and we look forward to next year