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Welcome to the "Pumpkin Lady's" Kids page which hopes to get YOU wanting to grow a giant pumpkin.


Pumpkins are known by lots of different names around the world. Below are just a few:

Spanish – la calabaza
French – citrouille
German – Kürbis
Italian – zucca
Dutch - De pompoen
Portuguese - abóbora
Norwegian – pumpkin

Growing a giant pumpkin, is easy and lots of fun. One of the most important things when growing a giant pumpkin is that when planting the seed in a pot or in the ground, DO NOT OVER WATER, the seed will rot if it receives too much moisture before it germinates



Did you know ?????

Pumpkin seed is 30% protein
Pumpkins are 92% water
Pumpkins are grown in most parts of the world



Cube pumpkin flesh, cover and cook in microwave oven on high for 3-5 minutes. Then top with finely cut tomato and onion mixture. Sprinkle with grated cheese and place in moderate oven for approx 15 minutes to melt and brown cheese

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Carve your name into the pumpkin when it is only small with a small nail or similar (with an adults help), the wound will heal, but your name will keep growing with your pumpkin

Damping Off – seeds rot before they geminate, high moisture is usually the cause

Egg Shells – crushed egg shells can be a source of calcium for the patch

Fertilisers – you must use this regularly

Green Manure - plant a green crop ie. legumes, dig in before flowering, this helps add organic matter to your patch

Hemispheres – the Northern Hemisphere produces larger pumpkins than the Southern Hemisphere

Internet – a great source of giant pumpkin information

Jack O’Lantern – why not carve your pumpkin after it is picked

Kelp – a popular ingredient in fertilisers suitable for giant pumpkins

Ladybugs help keep away insects which can harm your vines

Make sure you give your giant pumpkin lots of love and attention

Nitrogen is needed to grow giant pumpkins

Orange is the usual colour of Atlantic Giants, but they can be anything from yellow to orange, green to grey in colour

Pollination has not succeeded until the pumpkin is bigger than a basketball

Queensland Blue – an Aussie pumpkin favourite

Records – the Australian Pumpkin Record is 441kgs

Sunburn – pumpkins can get sunburnt too on days of extreme sun

Transplanting – be careful not to damage the roots

USA and Canada are popular places where giant pumpkins are grown between May and October every year

Vines like to spread out

Weeds – try to keep the weeds out of your pumpkin patch

X-Citing – it’s exciting watching your pumpkin grow larger and larger

Y don’t you grow a giant pumpkin

Zinc is a minor nutrient needed to help the pumpkin grow

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Last Updated 14 March 2016