Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Exploding cucurbits!

Good morning, Pumpkinistas!

As we get closer to fruiting, I thought you might find this video which contains footage of exploding cucumbers interesting. 

This can be viewed as a cautionary tale for giant pumpkin growers who over-water and over-fertilize their plants...

Good luck!

Monday, June 08, 2015

Tanaka Farms 2015 Workshop!

Good morning, Pumpkinistas!

I am happy to report that several dedicated, focused, and inquisitive individuals and families attended yesterday's workshop at Tanaka Farms! The attendees were treated to a very special demonstration of giant pumpkin weighing methods by Mark Imhoof, Senior Engineer and Weigh-off Crew Supervisor. Mark showed the attendees how we use a load cell and a special harness rated to 2,500 pounds to weigh the Pumpkinmania! entries. 

Another special treat was the kind generosity of Tanaka Farms. All families in attendance were given passes to Tanaka's strawberry or watermelon tours. 

Michelle and I can't wait to go!