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Old 09-30-2017, 08:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Harvest time, the family's giant pumpkins

So one of my Father's many hobbies, growing giant pumpkins. Not record setting, he doesn't do competitions or weigh offs, just simply big. He sells some of them, a near by city always buys 4 or 5 for their fall street decorations. It was time to harvest them, and they're big enough that it's an "all hands on deck" situation. Most of the family gets together to get them all picked.



Here's the load the city of Osceola, WI bought this year. My Father decided to throw in couple "medium" ones (medium being relative, they dwarf the ones you find at the grocery store) to fill in the trailer.



This trailer load has some of the biggest ones. The largest took 6 people to lift. If you're wondering how we lift them, we have a special pumpkin lifting tarp which has handles sewn all around the edge. Roll the pumpkin on it and everyone grab a handle. One went to a local grocery store, I think they're going to do a "guess the weight" contest with it. Four others were delivered to a near by garden store to be sold on consignment.



The main trailer full. It gets parked by the road. All the watermelons got claimed by all of us helping out today.



We all thought this one looked rather funny. It's got a butt crack.



And the biggest one added to the folk's Halloween decorations. Probably around 5 or 6 hundred pounds. One of these days I'll buy my Father a really big scale.

If anyone near Western Wisconsin (with in driving range of Clear Lake, WI) is interested in adding a really freaking big pumpkin to their usual Halloween decorations let me know, I can get you one cheap. Delivery is a bit extra, so bring a truck and 4 friends.
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Old 09-30-2017, 08:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How? How does one grow such giants?
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Old 09-30-2017, 08:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When they are still small you should put them on a pallet. Then you just need a forklift. Maybe a four wheel drive forklift to handle the soft soil. Probably needs a V8 engine too.
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He does have a tractor with a bucket on the front, which makes the job a lot easier. Darn thing blew a hydraulic line while lifting two about halfway through the job.

We know a few local growers who do the whole competition thing, and they sell some of their seedlings to my Father every year. That's how he got started. He saves seeds from the biggest for the next year as well.

This year we had a lot of rain at just the right time, so he ended up with more really big ones than he expected.
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Old 09-30-2017, 10:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Whoa! Those are monstrous!
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Old 10-05-2017, 12:01 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You could make a lot of pies with one of those...
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Part out some of the seeds?
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Part out some of the seeds?
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Old 10-06-2017, 02:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I think I can do that. I'm thinking we might even be able to organize a MCB grow off for next year.

I should have seeds all set up in November sometime.
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