Thursday, July 8, 2010

Big Max!!

No, I'm not referring to whatever you might think I was referring to.  Although, it would qualify.  HA!

Big Max, the pumpkin, went into the ground yesterday.  I would have posted it yesterday, but the whole "No card" fiasco continued.  And, yes, it already has damage from the god damn snails.  The last time I saw this was when we planted hostas at our Huntington Beach house.  The snails ate it to the ground in three days.  I need to consult the internet, books and my local yogi to figure out a cure.  I was thinking of sitting next to it and crushing whatever came near.  Then, I realized we saw a bobcat a short time back and decided that wasn't the best course of action.  Maybe I need to buy a rifle.  My son and I are archers, so I could get them with that, but I digress.

Big Max takes about 120 days to mature (grow? escalate? what's the right word here?).  That should put him (I'm going with this one is a Maximillian and not a Maxine) right before Halloween.  This three bucks is going to save me $80 at the pumpkin patch.  The best thing about this when we bought it was the pumpkin seeds were still on the leaves!

I picture some poor employee from Village Nurseries sitting in the back glueing all of the seeds to the leaves.  It would have worked beautifully if I had actually noticed them AT the nursery.  Needless to say, this thing has quadrupled in size in the week we've had it.  I understand that a single vine, and we have three, can take up to 500 square feet of space.  We've put it in an unused corner of the yard where, with a little persuasion, it can grow into a large uninhabited space.  I would have taken a picture, but there are far too many weeds that need to be pulled before that happens.  We're hoping to get four or five pumpkins.  That will give us one for my son, one for Kiki (previously known as Bananas, but she renamed herself), one for McKenna, and then one each for family friends, Aidan, Colin, Kyren (I completely spelled that wrong), Drew, Colin, oh crap, it looks like we had better get more.


  1. I hope you have as much fun with Big Max as we have had with our pumpkin plant :-)

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  3. Oh my goodness, listen at you bragging about the size of yout pumpkins LOL!

  4. I hope you get more pumpkins than you know what to do with!!!

    We don't have snails. Slugs occasionally. Are snails slugs with shells? Will they drown in a saucer of beer like slugs? I don't know. Just theorizing here.

    Grow pumpkins grow!

  5. Just because I wrote about penises yesterday, doesn't mean you get to write about yours today. That's just tooting your own pumpkin. 'Big Max' indeed...

    I am so effing jealous of everyone's pumpkins. I always got the picture in my head of them being tough to grow, but I have been seeing lush, beautiful pumpkin vines in many blogs. And now I'm sorry I didn't plant one. I'm wondering if it's too late for me down here? All I have is space, I don't even have a fence lol

  6. Thank you for the good wishes Noelle.

    Shayla, it only goes downhill from here.

    Sherlock, I read that the beer trick may work. However, there is no way in hell I'm wasting good beer on snails. I read coarse sand or broken shells may work.

    Kyna, immitation is the sincerest form of flattery, no?

  7. I have a few Munchkin Pumpkins. They're climbing like bastards at present. As we don't do halloween over here, I guess I'll be making lots of soup!

  8. So happy that McKenna gets one too - how thoughtful of you! We'll have to come over and carve them or something when the time comes (i.e. drink heavily and watch the kids make a mess).

  9. IG, I surely hope mine climb like bastards.

    Brittany, keep in mind, a requirement is that any actually grow. Let's not put the cart before the horse just yet.