The Great Pumpkin Contest

Sep 4, 2012 11:59 PM by Jill Graves

Down to one giant pumpkin, hanging on by a thread ... literally

Mother Nature had her way again. It looks like bunnies hopped under our fencing, and maybe even deer hopped over our fencing and got to our monster vine number three.

I had two pumpkins just developing beautifully on this monster vine, almost getting to the size of a volleyball. They would have been there in just a week! We were training the vine down the hillside, positioning it just right. I was away for the weekend and when I returned I looked at the bigger of the two pumpkins ... bite marks.

I think we are just growing really tasty food for our critters here!

And, unfortunately, the critter had also eaten completely through the vine just before both pumpkins.

So Big Henry is our only chance for Farm Supply's Great Pumpkin Contest!

BUT, a week later I noticed bit marks on the vine leading to Big Henry! Ack! So he is hanging on by a thread, and I mean that literally, so I don't know how big he will get. The vine is chewed through... maybe just over halfway, I cannot rememember now.

But in my dramatics I want to say the evil bunny chewed WAY over halfway and he is barely hanging on!

I buried the vine all the way down to the pumpkin, as Dr. Sabol told us to do weeks ago and I, (ahem) haven't exactly done to all of my vines, I confess. Not only will burying your vines give you more roots to help feed and water your pumpkins, but it will help protect you from these critters! It just takes a lot of time, and luckily this is a small vine.

All I can say is hang on, Big Henry!

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    Hanging on by a thread
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    Pumpkins were ALMOST there!
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