The sun can be harsh. Harsh on us, and harsh on pumpkins.

New shade for giant pumpkin made from $1.50 tarp

Having shade when it is sunny is great.

I’ve talked about shade in the past, talking about a home made shade structure here building a hoop type structure one year, show my basic tarp shade here and have a page about it as well.

The main thing to remember is it doesn’t have to be some sort of super structure, keep it simple and start with a sheet over your pumpkin.

Giant Pumpkin Covered in a Sheet

It doesn’t matter if it gets wet either, it will dry out.

Next week I’ll have an update of how things are growing here.