Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mine are up!!

I haven't heard any reports of germinating seeds as yet, so i thought I'd let you see how mine were going about a week ago. They are now in the ground and lots bigger!! (Oh yeah, the seedlings are not all giant pumpkins. There's some either varieties amongst them)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Ohhh, hello!

Image: World's largest pumpkin on forklift

It’s official. An 1,810-pound pumpkin grown by Chris Stevens of New Richmond has been declared the world’s heaviest. Inspectors from the Guinness Book of World Records checked out the massive pumpkin, after it won a competition earlier this month at a harvest festival in Stillwater, Minnesota. It has a circumference of over 15-feet. And it’s 85 pounds heavier than the previous record pumpkin, a 1,725-pounder grown in Ohio last year.

Stevens said he used a mixture of sun, rain, seaweed, cow manure, and fish emulsion to grow his record pumpkin...  MSNBC

Sounds like a good excuse to go fishing!!!!

Pumpkin growers in the northern hemishpere

PUMPKINS! I kid you not when I exclaim we humans were outnumbered 3-1 by pumpkins at the market. If they had managed to hyper-evolve, grow legs, and learn karate we would have been shit out of luck. Some of them were large enough to fit both of my nephews in at once...

Taken from giustogusto

Pumpkin Growing Tip #1

If you haven't planted your seeds yet, give them a light rub with some fine sand paper, soak them in warm water for 3-4 hours, and then pop them in some warm potting mix. This will give them a great head start

Friday, October 15, 2010

Pimp your pumpkin #2

Here we go again, the second annual pumpkin growing competition. Seeds have been mailed to prospective growers (Albeit the wrong ones, but that will be rectified soon) We're excited, and we hope you are too..

If you know off any people that might like to join in, let me know and we'll organise some seeds

Monday, April 26, 2010

And the winner is....

Chris Dingemanse with this monster weighing in at 150.4kg!!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Prize categories

Prizes will be awarded for the following:
  1. Heaviest pumpkin
  2. Wooden spoon award for smallest pumpkin
  3. Peoples choice award

Saturday 24th April

Almost there!! Some other activities planned (other than the weigh in of course)
  1. Nearest the pumpkin
  2. Furthest pumpkin seed spit
And just to clarify the previous post, you are welcome to stay as long as you like, but the weigh in should be finished by about 5. Drinks and food will be served through out the afternoon..

Monday, April 19, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Weigh in rescheduled for 24th April

Greetings fellow pumpkiners... Just a quick note to let you know we have delayed the weigh in by a fortnight. The new weigh in date is now the 24th April at our Pateena Rd house from 3pm onwards. See you there....

St Leonards

This just in by email... Spotted in Saintly St Leonards.. Things are hotting up

Monday, March 29, 2010

Serious pumpkin growers

Another report of a giant pumpkin on the banks of the Tamar River...

Monday, March 22, 2010

From little things big things grow.....

OK, maybe a little late, but I have a pumpkin!!!!!!

Might look small, but that pumpkin plant is REAL big.....

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Rule change??

Breaking news....Given the last few photos of competitors, in order to make the competition fairer i think i might calculate the winner by dividing the weight of the pumpkin by the weight of the competitor!!! HIghest score wins!!!

(Just kidding boogs)

And they keep coming....

Well, we're getting to the pointy end of the competition, and the photos keep coming. Here is another one..
Good work..

Pumpkin Muffins with a Frosty Top

Well I never.... Old mate jamie has come through with the goods again.... Pumpkin muffins!!!
"They taste a bit like carrot cake, but we have substituted the carrot with pumpkin"

400g Pumpkin, skin off roughly chopped
350g light brown sugar
4 large free range eggs
Sea salt
300g plain flour
2 heaped teaspoons baking powder
Handful of walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
175m extra virgin olive oil

For the topping
Zest of 1 clementine (what is that??)
Juice of half a lemon + the zest
140ml sour cream
2 heaped teaspoons icing sugar
1vanilla pod (for the yuppies amongst us, otherwise 1 tsp good old extract)

I love the method... Chop up the pumpkin in a food processor, chuck in the rest (but not the icing stuff) give it a whirl and put it into a muffin tray (makes 12) Whack it in a 180 degree oven for about twenty minutes and your done!! How easy is that!! A real mans recipe.

Mix together all the frosting ingredients and pour it over the top of the muffins when they're done.. Voilla!! Could be a prize for the first bloke to email me a picture of the finished product.. This is what they should look like

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Jack and the GIANT..............

Well, pumpkin of course. Here is the proud owner of the pumpkin shown in the previous post

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Rosevears Pumpkin

Spotted along the banks of the Tamar River, just before the Rosevears Hotel, was this GIANT pumpkin.. It's the handy work of young Jack...

Now, I'm pretty sure this pumpkin is heavier than the grower!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

News Flash!!!!

Meteorite Lands in Newstead Resident’s Frontyard.

An early morning jogger noticed a large object in the frontyard of a property in Newstead.

The passer by immediately notified authorities claiming she had found, what she believed to have been, a meteorite.

On closer inspection by the authorities, they discovered the object to be ”a pimpin’ great pumpkin”.

Investigations are continuing and the site remains closed for viewing. Upon speaking to the resident, authorities believe that the pumpkin is being grown as part of a Pimp Your Pumpkin Competition. Despite allegations of GM and the use of purple pigmentation, no fowl play is believed to be involved at this stage (other than the strong odour of chicken manure that lingers around the property)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Guess the pumpkin No.3

Someone told me that we would struggle to grow a pumpkin over 40-50kg. Well, how wrong were they!!!
Check out this monster...

That's a size 10 thong to give you a sense of scale

Guess the pumpkin No.2

Who's pumpkin could this monster be?? Well, it was a pumpkin, honest!!!

Oh well.. There's still hope

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Fellow Pumpkiners: How's Yours Goin?

Guess who's this is:

Actual email received with the photos:

Subject: dear clog. i know not blog, but down in my bog i found ......

…a pretty pimp’n yella fingy.

Note; very secret hiding spot complete with “wallaby Proof Fence” and “floppy top possum abatement system”.
Security provided by “cows with guns”.

Other security initiatives include;
“rat proof, pressure cooker compost system”,
“bird proof effort justification/ offset system (harvest garden for the missis)”,
“frost proof, glass enclosed jump starter system, (never used)”,
“free standing, sacrificial anode patch for the natives (still need to build jail around the raspberries).

Quiz question; what single piece of plant security system in the picture can be traced back to Vermont Rd and Uncle Chris. Hint; it is not in active service.

Dear little clog, I not know how to blog, causes my brain to chog, makes me sick as a dog.

Monday, January 18, 2010

We're back!!

Sorry, it's been a while, but we're back on deck. Things are going pretty good with our plant. Yesterday we were treated to the most magnificent flower display, and old mate Mr Bee was busy doing his thing

Pity there was no girl flowers about for him to take the pollen to..