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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Great Pumpkin Contest

I have not posted one thing in almost a month. And I don't have a good excuse either. Just plain lazy.... they have a Great Pumpkin Contest here in downtown San Luis Obispo on the steps to The Old Mission Church.....
it's fun to go and see all the giant pumpkins that people grow every year...

but i just don't understand how people living in my own neighborhood can grow a pumpkin this big and I can't even get a regular pumpkin to grow. since we moved here 3 years ago my dreams of having a giant pumpkin patch have been dashed....i have not had one pumpkin. not one. i had better luck in cambria and it was foggy all summer there...... i just don't get it. i am just this close to taking this so called vegetable garden out and putting in a lawn.

the archway is the entrance to The Old Mission....just look at those beauties...all BLUE RIBBON winners in my book.

the pumpkins were of every size and color....i had serious pumpkin envy.....

all of the pumpkins were just wonderful to look at and admire....

as for me...i am off doing research on lawn...
i give up.


  1. These are biggies! They grow huge ones like this to enter in the Circleville Pumpkin Festival every year here in Ohio.

  2. I was looking at your side bar photos, little Teddy has become quite the gentleman.

  3. I've tried growing the big pumpkins, with no success. I'm sure there's some trick to it -- our vine crops didn't do so well this year, too wet I guess.

    But please don't give up on your garden! We have faith in you! :)

  4. Nice big pumpkins! I've never tried to grow them! At least you have your neighbor's huge ones to enjoy!

    Say hello to teddy from nugget! ;) xo

  5. I have not had a lot of luck growing pumpkins. I get a few to grow, but not a whole lot. I haven't quite figured that out. But, I shall not give up!!!!! Love those huge pumpkins. I can't even imagine growing one of those!

  6. Dearest Kary & Teddy,

    Chat up the pumpkins patch persons who are showing their stuff on the steps of the Old Mission Church! They will surely have ideas for you.

    I would dearly love to have a pumpkin patch!

    sending love & hugs....thewildmagnolia

  7. WOW, those big pumpkins are AMAZING. I don't know how they keep the squirrels away, either! I love your blog, it's chock of autumn delights! hope all is well with you. Cute scarecrow in your garden, too!

  8. OMG, look at how handsome, Teddy is! Don't go back to a lawn, Kary! Too expensive, not a whole lot of fun! Growing a garden is a challenge for us all. We all have our issues, but don't go back to a lawn! xx Nancy

  9. I liked the pumpkin contest. Good to hear from you.

  10. LOL...please don't give up! Maybe you need a soil test??? I don't know...I've not yet tried my hand at pumpkins but I want to! Good luck and just go out and buy you some pumpkins!! Happy Autumn!

  11. those are soooo huge!!! what fun

  12. Those are some big pumpkins! This year's record breaking pumpkin was grown just a short distance from my house. I've heard it's on display at the farm where it was grown, but I haven't stopped in to see it.

    I was so happy to see a new post from you!! I know how easy it is to get busy and not have the time to blog, that happened to me over the summer. Glad you're back!

  13. Hi Kary - I think we've talked before about how you can't seem to have any luck with growing pumpkins. This is the first year we've ever had any peppers on our plants - I think it was the dry, hot weather. Other years we've only had lots and lots of green leaves and always blamed it on too much nitrogen. Who knows? Those pumpkins in your post are marvelous - sometimes I wonder how someone could manage to haul a pumpkin that size to a show! Hope all is well and I'm happy to see you back - I've been a bit lazy this summer myself. Ciao, bella!

  14. It's nice to see you again Kary!
    Those pumpkins are mighty big, but do not fear, the Great Pumpkin will appear! :)

    I've been thinking about you. Thanks for leaving a post on my blog. It's been a while for me too.

  15. WHOA! Those are ginormous! How fun it would be to carve one of those giagantors! Glad to have you back, I'll try and get my papier mache pumpkins up on my blog..have to get some paint and finish them first

  16. I think it is good to take a blog break whenever it just happens, for whatever reason; but I did miss your posts and am glad you are back. Your pumpkins are marvelous, and I share your pumpkin envy.

  17. Maybe one of the farmers can give you a helpful hint or two?

    Or maybe you just need magic pumpkin seeds?! ;)

    Did you get the thunder and lighting storm this week? Owen was so scared! Hi Teddy!


  18. I don't understand you at all, wanting pumpkins. Handsome but so dull! When I grew pumpkins, I was thoroughly oppressed by them and had to force them on friends. I'd go for lawn, if I were you......

  19. your banner photograph is absolutely beautiful, those three round trees look like giant pumpkins!

  20. So glad you are back I love your posts . The pumpkins are amazing. It must be so nice to walk around and see all that orange.

  21. I love those big beautiful pumpkins!
    And the mission, love the pics of that too!
    Don't fret about growing pumpkins. I think they are harder than they look, at least that is what I have heard.

  22. oh i just love pumpkin! your pictures are just great!!
    thank you for sharing and have a sweet day!

  23. The pumpkins were HUGE at the u-pick farm last weekend. Must have been something in the soil this year. My son ended up using one as a seat while waiting for the tractor to return. Love this time of year!

  24. they are so wonderful, how did they get them there they must be extremely heavy ... I love pumpkins ... there is something about them isn't it? I so enjoy visiting here with you, you truly have such a lovely and cozy place here! thank you. happy day!!

  25. you can grow them, i have faith in you! ; )

  26. It sure does make you wonder what they do to get them to grow that big!
    Such big happy gourds!

    Good to see you again!


  27. if one of those pumpkins disappears i know where to go looking for it!!!

  28. Hi Kary, I don't for a minute believe that you will give up gardening. Use the pumpkins for inspiration...I think they are amazing and I am going to try to grow one next year. From one coast to the other...lets see if we can do this.
    ♥, Susan

  29. Cheddar is trying ot get my to complete the papier mache pumpkins too. guess I better go try and unearth my box of paints!

  30. Do you know how much we missed you???? I thought you might have gone on vacation or something. I do understand... the past month I've been a very lazy housewife. Just terrible.

    I'll be honest with you. I grew up with a Grandma who could grow anything outside, but had a hard time with houseplants. I can grow sidebeds with flowers, etc., but can't get a garden to grow for the life of me. I think it's the soil here... so we have a lawn. It's better anyway, for Gracie and Marley.

    I'm glad you're back.


  31. I read somewhere a while back that pumpkin patches need to be held in check somewhat...apparently if you want some really big ones, pruning back excessive vines and channeling the main effort into just a few strong sections. Pumpkins are heavy feeders too. I do envy you and your long growing season - don't give up...check with your local Agricultural Agent too. My own frustrations are with tomatoes and struggling with early frosts in our Northwoods - making for a very short season all together...such are the challenges we gardeners happily tackle though.

  32. You may not
    be posting, but
    your blog looks
    gorgeous all
    gussied up for fall!
    I've never grown
    a pumpkin and guess
    it should be on
    my "list!" I don't
    think they are too
    picky about soil, etc.
    are they??
    xx Suzanne

  33. Welcome back! Don't throw in the pumpkin! LOL!! You can do it!! I'd have a conversation with one of those pumpkin farmers - for sure! Your photo's are just beautiful! It must be nice to be able to walk around town and see them! Is Teddy sporting any Autumn outfits? Duke has been sporting his Autumn bandanna around his neck this past week!

  34. I'm so glad to see a post from you!
    Love the pumpkins and your SIDEBAR! It's so pretty and makes me happy to see all the beautiful Fall scenes.
    Teddy is certainly getting big!
    I bet you have so much fun together!
    Take care, XOXO - Cindi & Louie

  35. I tried pumpkins last year. The vines grew like crazy almost taking over and the deer ate all the flowers. I guess I'll just buy them. Picking out just the right and finding new 'styles' is most of the fun anyway.

  36. You won a award!

    Tayet and Lily

  37. I haven't been to the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival in a few years but they always have huge pumpkins ( five hundred pounds ) at that event. I can't imagine! Wonder if one that size is any good for cooking??

  38. I can't imagine those large pumpkins have any flavor at all; do they? They always put me in mind of...probably shouldn't say, it's not very PC.

  39. hi there... just wanted to say how much I adore your blog... love the pics and little stories, so beautiul... I spent 3 weeks this summer up and down the West Coast in California and I understand why you live there and love it so much, it is beautiful, I wrote recently in my blog about my favourite restaurant called Nepenthe on that stretch of coast... great times... great blog, Dom x


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