Pumpkin Harvest: The Results

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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