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 information, videos, and anything else I can find. 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
Giant pumpkin growing can be as easy or as complicated as you want to make it. On the easy end of the scale all you have to do is plant the seed or seedling in the ground and let it do it’s own thing. From there you can step up what you do with them.
#8 – It’s not an expensive hobby
You can get giant pumpkin seeds cheaply or even for free if you ask a giant pumpkin grower (or get hold of me) and while keeping things easy there is no really cost involved, only your time.
#7 – It doesn’t really 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.
#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.
#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 vitaman 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 forray 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.
#3 – Weigh offs are exciting
Growing a giant pumpkin and then taking it to a weigh off 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.
#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 which 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.