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Half Term Pumpkin Picking

We will be open today (Wednesday 23rd) and tomorrow (Thursday 24th) 12am until 4pm for the sale of harvested BIG pumpkins and also pumpkin picking on the patch. The forecast for Friday and Saturday is abysmal so we will be open for BIG Pumpkin sales but the pumpkin patch will be CLOSED. We will review conditions and post later opening times in the run up to Halloween. Lots of pumpkins are gathered in so there is no shortage; from 50p to £40 available. Parking is very limited so please be patient. Thanks, Mark

Half Term Pumpkin Picking
Half Term Pumpkin Picking

2019 PUBLIC OPEN DAYS

2019 Pumpkin Status:
Giant Pumpkins – Two both approx 135lb
Big Carvers
£2 – Small selection left
£3 – Small Selection left
£5 – Good Selection available
£10 – Good Selection available
£20 – Good Selection available
Mini Pumpkins – Lots of White Baby Boo mini pumpkins available (50p each). Orange sold out.

BIG carving pumpkins available now priced at £3, £5 and £10. Mini pumpkins from 50p
Please note that we don’t do pumpkin picking for kids with wheelbarrows around the fields. We leave that to others who do a far better job and have far better facilities (toilets, cafe etc). Our pumpkins are heavy, difficult to lift and handle – please bring something to pack around it for transporting it home. Pumpkins are perishable and can crack or rot without warning. We do not accept returns or provide refunds; Every pumpkin is sold ‘as seen’.

2019 Mini Pumpkins

2019 Season Starts

The 2019 pumpkin season has kicked off this weekend with a few of the mini pumpkins (Baby Boo squashes) being available for collection. Perfect for inclusion in autumnal arrangements or rustic wedding table decorations.

As it stands at the moment, all the 2019 giant pumpkins (Fork lift & Pallet size) are spoken for. The big carvers (beach ball to space hopper size – will fit through a standard doorway and can be carried by one/two people) are growing well but are still green. I will post more details as they start to ripen.

Pumpkinista's Battle Bus

Pumpkinista’s Vote Big!

Vote BIG

A rallying call for Pumpkinista’s across the UK, our battle bus is in Westminster getting the message out about Big Pumpkins.

For too long the people of the UK have suffered from EU legislation that allows small, thin shelled and stalk-less pumpkins to be sold as suitable for Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns. The people of the UK deserve better. If this doesn’t work we will build a wall and make Asda pay for it. Either way it’s gonna be GREAT!

The first 2018 giant pumpkin seedling emerges

2018 Giant Pumpkins

The first of our 2018 has emerged this morning so we are declaring the 2018 giant pumpkin season underway. Our early pumpkins generally go to PR companies who need to get their Halloween shoots filmed early September so don’t worry if you haven’t sown yours yet (we only sow our Halloween stock early to mid May). There are plenty of our seeds still available on GiantVegetableSeed.co.uk if you want to grow your own giant.

The first 2018 giant pumpkin seedling emerges
The first 2018 giant pumpkin seedling emerges

This seed germinated after 5 days in a propagator set at 24 degrees Centigrade which was a bit of a trial (we usually go for 30 degrees C (85F)) to test viabilty.

 

Giant Veg Stocking Filler

How about something a bit different for the gardener in your life?

A packet of giant vegetable seeds might provide a season of fun, not just in the growing but in the research to find all the tricks of the trade to make yours the whopper that wins the show.

Giant pumpkins take up an enormous amount of room but many of the other classic horticultural challenges can be grown in a standard garden greenhouse or in a small vegetable bed at home or on the allotment.

Giant vegetable seeds
Giant vegetable seeds

A perfect stocking filler!

Giant Vegetable Seeds by Clive Bevan

Giant Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Photoshoots

We rarely get to see the results of the photo-shoots that take place in the pumpkin patch but this year it was a little different.

Cat’s Dog Photography from Preston joined us again to get their Halloween shot of Poppy on a giant pumpkin….

Halloween Photo Shoot with Cats Dog Photography
Halloween Photo Shoot with Cats Dog Photography

… but whilst they were there my old faithful Springer Spaniel Molly was woken from her slumbers to have her own photo taken. The photos are fantastic and have captured some of Molly’s expressions that perhaps only I can see but it makes them much more than a photo to me.

Molly by Cats Dog Photography
Molly by Cats Dog Photography

Molly - my faithful Springer Spaniel
Molly – my faithful Springer Spaniel

Molly by Cats Dog Photography
Molly by Cats Dog Photography

More info:
www.facebook.com/catsdogphotography/
www.catsdog.co.uk/

Winter Squash Uchiki Kuri

Whilst the giant pumpkins and the large carving pumpkins have been going out for a few weeks now, today marked the first of the ‘eating’ pumpkins to be gathered.

Harvesting Uchiki Kuri winter squash
Harvesting Uchiki Kuri winter squash

Uchiki Kuri is actually a winter squash with a taste far superior to pumpkin. They are very early to mature and have superb storage characteristics.

With smooth butter coloured flesh and a hard bright sunset orange coloured rind has a pronounced, distinctive chestnut flavour.

Uchiki Kuri Squash is also known by a variety of names: commonly known as Potimarron or Onion Squash because of its shape, and is also known as Japanese squash, Orange Hokkaido or Red Kuri squash.

Pumpkin Patch Photoshoots

All the 2017 slots for pumpkin patch photo shoots are now taken but we are taking bookings for 2018!

Skylar and Molly in the pumpkin patch
Skylar and Molly in the pumpkin patch

A nominal charge of £20/hr is made to cover the time I need to spend with you.  Bookings are taken from 1st September through until the last weekend in September.  Please remember that the weather is beyond my control and your booking fee is non refundable if cancelled with less than 48 hrs notice!

Giant Pumpkin Patch photo shoot
Giant Pumpkin Patch photo shoot