I love visiting the pumpkin patch. I love watching the giant pumpkins grow. I love the reminder that all my favorite autumn things will be here soon. I think giant pumpkins are the most exciting thing in a garden because their growth is so obvious from visit to visit. When I babysat a giant pumpkin patch in the past, I swore they looked bigger at night than they were that morning. Yes, they really grow that fast and could gain 20 pounds in a day during peek growing time.
Growing a giant pumpkin is far more complicated than just throwing some seeds in the garden and hoping to come back and find a big pumpkin waiting for you. Here is one giant pumpkins set up. He is protected from too much sun. He is also protected from the cold.
I removed the cover to take a peek at this giant. Did you know that pumpkin color is genetic? I didn't, until I started visiting the pumpkin patch. Some pumpkins have genes to be bright orange while others are much lighter in color. It is interesting to see their color change as they grow (and to see the myriad of colors of the giant pumpkins that arrive at the weigh off).
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