Well, I am happy to say that the pumpkin patch has been doing incredibly well this year. Due to an unusually hot summer the pumpkins have grown faster and become ripe earlier than they usually do. I actually have several that I could pick right now if I wanted to. As a result of this heat and fast growth I actually have new pumpkins starting up even now. In fact, I hand pollinated two female buds just this morning. If things keep going well with these new ones I could actually end up with somewhere in the area of 20 pumpkins this year. That's more than I have ever gotten in case you were wondering.
The pumpkin shown above is Pumpkin #23. This was one of the later pumpkins. I actually almost snipped it off thinking that I should stop any new pumpkins from starting so the plants' energy could go into to the pumpkins I already had. But, I saw that the pumpkin was already staring to grow so I let it alone. I'm glad I did. Even though this one started somewhere in the area of a month later than most of the others it grew like crazy and may very well end up as the biggest jack-o-lantern pumpkin I get this year. I'm sure there's some kind of Sunday School lesson in there.
On the left is Pumpkin #8. This is the one competing with #23 for the distinction of being the biggest of the jack-o-lanterns. On the right is Pumpkin #4; one of the three Big Max pumpkins I got this year.
In the front you can see Pumpkin #1. This will undoubtedly be the biggest of this year's Big Max pumpkins. Pumpkin #7 can be seen in the back and should be the second biggest. Now, this picture is missing something. Pumpkin #6 is not here. A few weeks ago I came out and looked it just to discover to my dismay that it's bottom had turned to mush. As a result, I had to pick it. It weighed in at 8.6 lbs and I named it Oh Potter, You Rotter. It seemed appropriate.