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Pumpkin Harvest: The Results

October 17, 2011

As many of you know, we’ve been growing our own pumpkins in the backyard. It started with a trip to City Farmer’s Nursery for pumpkin seeds and a lesson in squash gardening, documented in Pumpkins in June?. We have tracked our pumpkins over the months with Pumpkin Progress in August and Farewell Summer … Welcome Fall in September. I can’t tell you how exciting it’s been for us to check on the pumpkins every day.

Now it’s time to reveal the results … Here are the fruits of our labor! But what is so amazing is that we found yet another pumpkin hidden under a bunch of weeds and vines Sunday night!

On Saturday, October 15, we took the largest jack to City Farmer’s Nursery for the 24th annual Pumpkin Growing Contest. As you can see in the photo, there were quite a few contestants (16 total) with pumpkins ranging from 65 pounds to a few ounces. A grand total of 243 lbs. and 3.5 oz. of pumpkins grown! What’s so neat is that all those pumpkins came from the same seeds.

And now Farmer Bill weighs our pumpkin …

26.5 pounds! Turns out we had the fourth largest pumpkin in the group! Not bad for our first attempt as pumpkin farmers.

The happy farmers…
Bryan is very proud of our pumpkin. He’s already planning for next year’s crop.

Thank you so much City Farmer’s Nursery and Farmer Bill for showing us how we can grow pumpkins in our own backyard. We’re so excited to make this an annual family tradition.

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  1. October 17, 2011 1:41 am

    Adorable! What a great sense of accomplishment for Sophie to see her pumpkin grow from seed to fruit.

    • October 18, 2011 8:54 pm

      Thanks. And yes, she’s so excited to share her pumpkins with her preschool class.

  2. October 17, 2011 3:02 am

    Exciting!!! So fun to watch the pumpkin experience from start to finish! Thank you for sharing Sophie’s fun! 🙂

  3. October 17, 2011 4:04 am

    Excitement!! 🙂 MJ

  4. October 17, 2011 5:30 am

    I’m so impressed!! I tried growing them one year, and the darn wild life in our area destroyed them. I love the look of pride on Sophie’s face- too precious!

    • October 18, 2011 8:56 pm

      Thanks, Leah. It was really fun to see Sophie so excited about them. And I still can’t believe they grew in our yard!

  5. October 17, 2011 5:53 am

    How fun to grow your own! But are you going to be able to slaughter them now that you’re attached come carving day?

    • October 18, 2011 8:57 pm

      You know, Michelle, I’m having a really hard time at the thought of killing them! I feel like Linus in the beginning of The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

  6. October 17, 2011 6:02 am

    Leah this is AWESOME! how exciting.

    • October 18, 2011 8:57 pm

      Thanks so much! I still can’t get over it myself.

  7. October 17, 2011 6:05 am

    Fun! Their expressions are priceless, and it was so good of you to document that! What great memories. 🙂

    • October 18, 2011 8:58 pm

      Thanks. I love that it was something so organic and natural and we did it in our own yard. I hope Sophie will always remember this because I certainly will.

  8. October 17, 2011 6:29 am

    The pictures are great, as usual. I particularly like the ones of Sophie with Farmer Bill. I bet he loves meeting kids who are learning about gardening.

    • October 18, 2011 8:58 pm

      Thanks, Shary. I love that photo of Sophie with Farmer Bill too. He was so patient weighing each pumpkin with every kid and taking a photo. Really sweet guy.

  9. October 17, 2011 7:32 am

    Impressive results on your first try! Lovely photos as always, Leah!

  10. October 17, 2011 7:34 am

    What wonderful memories you are making for Sophie–and, from pictures, for Bryan too! 😉 I think simple events like these are what create such lasting bonds between parents and their children. I would like to carry a tradition like this one out with our own little girl. Thank you, Leah, for sharing!

    • October 18, 2011 8:59 pm

      Thanks for your nice words, Jolina. I have no doubt you will create these same loving memories and traditions with your daughter. I can’t wait to read about them.

  11. October 17, 2011 8:15 am

    That’s so cute. Such a nice thing to do as a family. My husband wants to plant some next year, I’m sure the kids will love it too! It’s probably going to be hard for you guys to carve them, huh? 🙂

    • October 18, 2011 9:00 pm

      You’re right, Carolyn. I can’t fathom the thought of carving them. Maybe we’ll paint them instead 😉

  12. October 17, 2011 8:34 am

    This would be the happiest day of my whole life if I was Sophie.

    • October 18, 2011 9:01 pm

      Ah, thanks Sara. She was pretty happy. After Farmer Bill weighed it, she shouted, “Did I win?!”

  13. October 17, 2011 9:01 am

    What FUNNN!!! Thanks for sharing!:)

  14. October 17, 2011 10:02 am

    Totally awesome. Sophie is a Master Gardener. She really did a great job on growing pumpkins. Sweet! ~~applause~~

    • October 18, 2011 9:01 pm

      Thank you so much! I think Sophie really does have the green thumb. She and Bryan. My skill is the documentation of the process.

  15. October 17, 2011 10:22 am

    That is really wonderful and what a great thing for your daughter to participate in.


  16. October 17, 2011 10:30 am

    How fun. And I love the victory pose from the Hubs.

    • October 18, 2011 9:02 pm

      Yes, hubs is quite proud of his accomplishments. He’s so inspired for next year.

  17. October 17, 2011 10:48 am

    You are such an amazing mom – what a great experience for a child!

    • October 18, 2011 9:02 pm

      Thanks, Susan. It’s little things like this that I love doing with Sophie and as a family.

  18. October 17, 2011 1:44 pm

    I love Sophie’s punkin (as we spell it down here 🙂 I love ghost pumpkins; have you tried to grow those? Maybe we will next year.

    • October 18, 2011 9:03 pm

      I’ve never heard of a ghost punkin (at least I don’t think I have). Do tell! I’m intrigued.

  19. October 17, 2011 3:11 pm

    Wow, fourth largest on the first try! That’s impressive. Looks like Bryan has caught the pumpkin growing bug. 🙂

    • October 18, 2011 9:03 pm

      Thanks, Cynthia. Oh yes, Bryan is already scheming for next year’s crop.

  20. October 17, 2011 3:20 pm

    Congratulations Sophie! I am so proud of you! They have pumpkin growing competitions in Canada also, and some of the people that have been growing them for years claim that one of the best ways to help them grow is to inject them with milk when growing. Mum or dad would have to do this for you though. Way to go!

    • October 18, 2011 9:06 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth. Very sweet words. And you know, you’re the second person who’s told me about the milk injection. Apparently it was something Almanzo did in the LIttle House Series books. May have to give that a try as the winner of this year’s 1st place won by growing the pumpkin on compost pile.

  21. October 17, 2011 3:57 pm

    Congratulations! Wow! That is quite an accomplishment! Too bad they didn’t have an award for Sophie! I guess the pumpkin is the reward! Yeah!

    • October 18, 2011 9:08 pm

      Thanks, Kim. And yes, I’d say the pumpkin is the reward. That winner has been inside since the contest. I guess it got moved to indoors while the others are still outside.

  22. October 17, 2011 4:23 pm

    So FUN! Congrats…look out next year’s contestants….the Lubic Family is on fire! 😉

    • October 18, 2011 9:08 pm

      Thanks, Amy. And as Linus said, “Just wait till next year, Charlie Brown!”

  23. October 17, 2011 6:19 pm

    Way to go Sophie next year your pumpkin will be number 1!!

  24. October 17, 2011 6:36 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this post! What a fun experience for your little girl! She will probably remember this forever.

    • October 18, 2011 9:09 pm

      Thanks, Amber. What a nice thing to say. I hope Sophie does remember this as I will certainly remember.

  25. October 17, 2011 9:43 pm

    I am not so good with planting. I am good with arranging silk flowers in the pots in front of the house, does this count for anything? Loved your photos, as always. You always capture the heart of the moment. And yes, a great job for a first planting.

    • October 18, 2011 9:11 pm

      Thanks, Brenda. And I definitely think arranging beautiful silk flowers is a talent. Not many can do that (certainly not me).

  26. October 17, 2011 10:41 pm

    *sigh* Leah, that was the sweetest post ever! Sophie looks SO happy and Farmer Bill was SO nice to take such time for a special event in her life. Your hubby’s pic was a hoot, too! Really, that was just a delicious slice of fall…thank you, Thank YOU for sharing!

    *sigh* ….I’m gonna go hug honey bunny now….

    • October 18, 2011 9:11 pm

      Ah, thanks Ann! So nice of you to say. Farmer Bill was the sweetest person — he took photos with every kid and weighed each pumpkin with them. It was really special.

  27. October 18, 2011 9:02 am

    Leah, I saw your new post involved the finished product of the pumpkins and was excited to see what the final results would be! I can’t believe how big Sophie’s pumpkin turned out! And look at that amazing bright orange color! How lovely. I love how you’re going to turn this into a family tradition. These are the beautiful memories your child will remember when she’s an adult. And maybe she’ll have a blog and blog about them like we do! hee hee! As always, your photos are just lovely! 🙂

    • October 18, 2011 9:13 pm

      Thanks, Bella. I hope Sophie does chose to blog about her pumpkin growing. It would certainly make me proud (not that she doesn’t already). It was such a fun thing and we’re already excited for next year.

  28. October 18, 2011 7:40 pm

    This is so much fun!! Sophie must be thrilled. It brings back memories of when I won a pumpkin carving contest back in fourth grade. I dressed my pumpkin up like a grouchy old fisherman, including the fishing pole and everything! I also won our local Halloween window painting contest. Good times! She will remember these moments forever, kudos to you for involving her in something so great. That is one beautiful pumpkin! 🙂

    • October 18, 2011 9:14 pm

      Thanks, Tori. And I must say, I’m so impressed about your winning streak of the window painting and carving contest. Would love to see pictures if you have any!

  29. October 19, 2011 11:11 am

    As you know, I’ve been away. So I’m probably the last to “weigh” in on this, but, WOW! What a fabulous pumpkin and what a terrific experience for little miss Sophie. You’ve given her so many amazing experiences, but this one takes the cake. Or should I say, pumpkin pie! 🙂

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