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Ever Fantasized Pursuing Some Weird Hobby?

Well I have. I can't resist a video on growing giant pumpkins. Part of me -- against my better judgement -- urges the pursuit of a really strange hobby... growing GIANT PUMPKINS.

The heaviest pumpkin I am aware of is listed with Guinness as having weighed 2624.6 pounds! An amazing achievement, indeed! Can you imagine devoting your backyard and much of your day, every day for months, to the growth of a single pumpkin, with the goal of its being the largest of its sort at some local fair?

KNOWING that a disease, the weather, some insect, or an animal as small as a mouse, might bring your work down like a house of cards? Or that a deliberate sabotage by a disgruntled neighbor, or even some trouble-making individual without a personal vendetta, might deliberately destroy the work of your hands?

And yet, that is just what I would do if it could fit in with my life's goals. Do you have some hobby you feel the need to squelch?

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MegL wrote on August 27, 2017, 4:28 PM

I can't say I have ever wanted to grow pumpkins. As a child, many men in the Welsh village where I lived had allotments because that was a war time occupation and they just kept on after the war, to grow their own food. They also grew giant leeks. (a relative of the onion) and on St David's Day, 1st of March, the schoolboys often used to bring giant (6 foot) leeks into school from their father's allotments, as the leek was one of the emblems of Wales. The smell on the school bus was pretty overpowering!.
There are LOTS of things I would enjoy doing if I had the time. I have enjoyed gardening in the past but I would love to be a computer programmer. I would also love to learn woodwork and to build my own built in furniture, with good joints.

VinceSummers wrote on August 27, 2017, 4:54 PM

A video commentary on giant pumpkin grower Bill Foss' efforts:

VinceSummers wrote on August 28, 2017, 10:01 AM

Just a quick note. The last sentence doesn't mean I'd tear up someone else's pumpkin patch without having a vendetta toward them! It means I'd grow the pumpkins! Oh, the English language and our lack of all its inuendos.

lookatdesktop wrote on August 29, 2017, 3:54 PM

If I could I would grow some very large tomatoes and make darn certain those squirrels will not get at them. Next Spring I will fully enclose an area with chicken wire and 2X2 boards and with any luck I will grow many rather large tomatoes and actually enjoy eating them after they ripen to fullness!

lookatdesktop wrote on August 29, 2017, 3:56 PM

The paradox of our yard is simple, You can not grow melons of any size with that Pin Oak luring all those pesky squirrels into the yard. It just doesn't work out. They, the squirrels, often just eat the blooms or small fruit long before it ever even gets a good start at growing.

VinceSummers wrote on August 29, 2017, 6:33 PM

Squirrel is actually delectable with dumplings and gravy. Not that I'd have the heart to kill the little guys.

lookatdesktop wrote on August 31, 2017, 12:41 AM

Enjoy your squirrels with dumplings. I just don't crave this type of critter for meals. I guess I am just squirrel phobic. lol