4-H Giant Pumpkin Growing Project

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This year, Ashe County 4-H is having a Giant Pumpkin Growing Project. This project will be an in depth learning project that aims to teach participants the key skills in successfully growing a giant pumpkin. This project will be fun, engaging, and challenging. It will require the attendance of 3 educational classes (see below) and a garden visit. We will have a season ending event at the Ashe County Farmers Market, where we will weigh pumpkins and celebrate all participants have learned with a variety of prizes. 

Giant Pumpkin

At the event kick off in May each individual will receive 2 plants, a small bag of lime and fertilizer, and a record book.

The only requirements for this project will be a designated garden plot to grow the plants (roughly 20’ x 20’ per plant), attend learning classes, and time to check plants regularly and record observations. 

Participants will also need to take a soil test before they can be registered for the program. Registration ends April 21st. Soil sample boxes and instructions will be available at the information session on April 11th.

Giant Pumpkin Flyer

The class dates and topics will be as follows:

  • May 23rd: Getting your pumpkin plants started, learning the basics of planting, watering, and fertility. Participants will receive plants, fertilizer, and lime at this meeting.
  • June 13th: Understanding good and bad bugs, and the science of how plants grow.
  • July 11th: Understanding diseases along with vine training and pumpkin care as it increases in size.
  • August 1st: Home visit with Ashe County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, Travis Birdsell, and/or Blake Williams. This provides one-on-one mentoring time to check in on your progress and reflect on successes and failures.
  • September 16th: This will be the weigh-in and celebration at the Ashe County Farmers Market.

If interested in participating in the 4-H Giant Pumpkin Growing Project, please fill out this form.