Here are my top 10 reasons you should grow a giant pumpkin.
I hear a lot of reasons why people don’t want to or can’t grow giant pumpkins. Some are legitimate reasons but I think there are usually more benefits to growing then not.
Lets kick this list off with number 10
#10 – You get to check out www.giantpumpkins.co.nz
I came up with 9 great reasons, and number 10 was a bit more tricky. But why not talk about the only website in NZ that is continually updated with giant pumpkin related stuff.
From free downloads, videos, information and more. It is your one stop for giant pumpkin information and interaction. Feel free to get hold of me any time either through the website or the Facebook Page.
#9 – It is easy to do
Let’s be real here. It’s easy to grow a giant pumpkin plant. Most people will be able to do that. Most people will also have a giant pumpkin grow.
What’s not easy is getting a huge giant pumpkin. What’s huge to you? Over 50kg? Over 200kh? Over 800kg?
It’s great hobby where you start of simply and grow your skills from there.
#8 – It’s not an expensive hobby
Like any hobby it’s up to you on how much you put into it. The same can be said for the amount of money you want to spend. Giant pumpkin growing is no different. But where things differ to other hobbies is the barrier to entry can be very cheap.
All you really need to get growing for the first time is a giant pumpkin seed (atlantic giant is the variety you need) somewhere to grow it and a supply of water.
#7 – It doesn’t have to take up much room
Contrary to popular belief you don’t actually need much room to grow a giant pumpkin, I know because I have done it. You can always trim back any rogue vines that start taking over your garden.
Yes the more space you have the better. No doubt about it. But small areas can be used. In fact I’ve grown in tiny patches for multiple years.
#6 – It’s something different
Other vegetables can be boring, normal sized and very edible. Giant pumpkins on the other hand are the freaks of the vegetable world, big and beautiful and able to wow anyone that comes across them, be different grow giant pumpkins.
Always a great talking point.
#5 – Gets you outdoors
If you worry your kids or yourself is on the computer or in front of the TV too much grow a giant pumpkin.
Getting out in the garden is good for you, from vitamin D from the sun to feeling earth between your fingers you will be surprised at how good you feel. And if this is your first foray into gardening it might lead onto other things.
#4 – You can learn all sorts of useful stuff
From which way the pumpkin will grow how genetics effect the pumpkin, the effect of different products and how many people you will need to lift your pumpkin at the end of the season. There is a lot of things you will learn during your growing season.
Build upon this knowledge and you’ll be breaking personal best records and more in no time.
#3 – Weigh offs are exciting
Growing a giant pumpkin and then taking it to a weigh off / competition is something great, you never know who is going to turn up or with what they are going to bring, and it is another way to meet people who share the same passion as you and other members of the community.
If there is no local competition how about starting your own? For friends and family, or maybe something bigger. I have a guide on how to run your own giant pumpkin event.
#2 – It’s good family fun
The whole family can help out with growing giant pumpkins, from the little kids right through to the adults. From tending the plants to helping lift it at the end of the season everyone can have a job to do when it comes to giant pumpkin growing.
It also helps show kids how easy it is to grow your own vegetables.
#1 – You will become part of a community
The giant pumpkin growing community is a great bunch of people, all keen to share information, advice and seeds. While the NZ community is small it sure is growing rapidly so why not join and be part of it.
So there we have it, my top ten reasons you should grow giant pumpkins. Have I missed anything? Let me know in the comments below and feel free to share this post with anyone you need to convince of growing a giant pumpkin.