Sorry folks, the pumpkin patch failed to grow this year. The excessive rain in July stunted the plants and made them unable to continue their vigorous growth. This is completely opposite of the extensive drought in the prior three years. Climate change has made growing pumpkins akin to the story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears". It is becoming too common for conditions to be too hot, too cool, too wet or too dry. It becomes too labor-intensive to go through remedial efforts to "save" a crop. I'm finding that as the old farmer keeps getting older, it's hard to find the time to keep up with. I've already tilled under the pumpkin field and replanted in hay. From now going forward, I will no longer be cultivating pumpkins.
Updated September 14, 2022