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.
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.
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.
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….
… 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.
All the 2017 slots for pumpkin patch photo shoots are now taken but we are taking bookings for 2018!
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!
An early start this morning to harvest the first pumpkin of the season ready for filming the Halloween episodes of BBC’s Eastenders. I’ve been working with the prop buyers to match the pumpkin supplied to the script so hopefully we might see it again in Albert Square towards the end of October.
All the 2017 pumpkins are now planted – indoors and outdoors. After a difficult germination (we are blaming the seed compost we used) the plants grew well.
For the indoor plants the next milestone is pollination where we select the female flower we want to grow on and the male flower that we wish to cross pollinate it with. The outdoor plants have to take their chances with what our bees decide is best for them.
Keeping up with the weeding and watering are the ongoing challenges until harvest time.