Sunday, October 27, 2013

Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater

Instead of our regular Saturday jobs getting done on Saturday, we spent the morning carving and painting these pumpkins.  Then we entered them in the local horticultural society contest.

It was entertaining to see the forty or so entries, as we looked around after the judging. 
There was a pumpkin "family'", a pumpkin "snowman", pumpkins painted to be minions, I could go on.

I entered a pumpkin we grew in our garden into the "largest pumpkin" category.  As I struggled to carry the 40-50lb pumpkin into the gymnasium, I passed two absolutely gigantic pumpkins on a trailer, weighing hundreds of pounds each. 

How does one grow such pumpkins?  What purpose do they have other then winning contests?  Imagine cutting it up for pumpkin pies!

Remember Almanzo in Laura Ingalls Wilder's book "Farmer Boy"?  He fed his winning pumpkin milk through a slit in it's vine while growing it and had tremendous results.  Mmmm, maybe we could try that next year!

Do you prefer the classic jack o' lantern carving or the new fangled ?

Can you match the carver to the pumpkin?


Jane said...

I was thinking about Little House while I was there too. You guys rocked the pumpkin contest!!

Katie said...

I'll vote Elora, Micah, Heidi- that order left to right? Do I get a prize?