Growing Pumpkins in the Peace

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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These pumpkin pics were taken at Veseys in Prince Edward Island on a trip several years ago. On average, the island gets their last frost on May 17 and their first on October 09th. Here in the Peace we usually get our last frost on June 05th and our first fall frost on August 29th. Considering that most pumpkins take upwards of 100 days to mature it’s a miracle anyone grows them at all up here, but many do and with great success. This was a banner year as far as lack of frost goes. Of course, it would also be the year I decided to forgo the usual attempt to grow pumpkins in my garden!

A neighbour of ours grows amazing pumpkins every year. She starts them indoors, then transplants them into “tents” built out of curved rebar and plastic sheets. She then uses a paintbrush to  carefully pollinate the plants as soon as both the male and female blooms appear. The whole operation is carefully monitored throughout the growing season to ensure the plants don’t get too hot or too cold. Now that’s dedication!

Do you manage to grow pumpkins here in zone 2b? If so, what are your secrets for success? If you have pictures of your pumpkin harvest you’d like to share please feel free to send them to me and I’ll post them along with any green thumb tips you might have.