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JABC (Jordan)

Kelowna, British Columbia

Does anyone else ever feel really down after your pumpkins are weighed and it's all said and done? I know it probably sounds kinda silly to most people, like it's just a pumpkin or whatever....but I dedicated quite a bit of time towards it and it sorta feels like there's a hole there now that it's finished.

10/14/2019 10:31:02 PM

G. Kins

Southwest WA

I just get bored. They arent your children! Theyre darn fun though... No matter what size they get its a blast...

10/15/2019 12:46:06 AM


Plainville, Connecticut 06062

Try growing 7 or 8 for one season and when your done you will be happy believe me and your hole you are talking about you won’t be able to find or feel!

10/15/2019 12:55:02 AM


Central Illinois

Pumpkin Depression you had something to occupy your mind and now its gone just dive into something else or start searching for seeds,emails of growers etc

10/15/2019 7:02:45 AM



U should seek the truthfullness. So the depression will go away. Be humble and bold.

10/15/2019 8:36:58 AM


Westmoreland, KS

Jordan, I feel ya. To heck with all of this philosophy mumbo jumbo is it April YET???? Bring on 2020!

10/15/2019 9:03:32 AM

andy W

Western NY

The season never ends.

Cleanup, patch prep, cover crop. No slowdown until the snow hits and then do some reading, get seeds sent out, figure out plans for next year. Before you know it, it's convention / spring seminar time and you're mowing down the cover crop to try again.

10/15/2019 10:17:24 AM


Flat Rock, Michigan

well said andy

10/15/2019 10:20:20 AM

G. Kins

Southwest WA

Some top growers take whole seasons off. You can get involved with club or gpc... Once you are helping organize a seed sale or sending out a newsletter...that could fill the gap but yeah a farm in New Zealand would be nice???

10/15/2019 11:45:35 AM

G. Kins

Southwest WA

Just dont do what i do which is annoy people on bp. Someone slap me hard. I have work to do...

10/15/2019 11:56:33 AM

Pumpkinman Dan

Urbandale, Iowa

Jordan - I feel your pain. Get yourself a grow-tent and geek out all winter long growing stuff indoors. There's even a winter indoor tomato contest. Helps fill the void after pumpkin season is over and during the long, cold winter.

10/15/2019 12:05:34 PM


Midway, UT

I get it. Everything builds up and then you are just working dirt for the next season. I think one key is to maximize what you've got if you can. For years we've taken the pumpkin to local schools and events and they always appreciate that. Then there is Halloween:


10/15/2019 4:33:34 PM

mobymikeguide (Team Beard)


Glad to be done, Like Andy said its a year round thing, but its releif to be done for the active growing part. Looking forward to spending some time 20ft closer to god.

10/15/2019 6:00:39 PM

Farmer Brown (Chris Brown)

Nowthen, Minnesota

Grow Giant tomatoes indoors and keep the insanity going;-)

10/16/2019 5:30:47 AM

Jane & Phil

Ontario, Canada

Glad it's done & over with. Clean-up, rest & plan your next attempt at growing a new PB. After over 25 years of growing these things, it might be time to pull a Deletas & take next year off & work on improving our soil. Maybe grow something easy like tomatoes & maybe a BG.

10/16/2019 8:14:10 AM


Torrance, Ca.

Just what Andy Wolf said is what goes down here. Its 12 months out of the year, once the season ends the new season starts. I've been in the patch a few times a week since our final weigh off.:)
We don't get the snow he gets so we can tinker with stuff all winter!

10/16/2019 10:17:13 AM



I like to get counseling and some electric shock treatment before I start amending soil for the next season.It helps clear the mind for 100% commitment.

10/16/2019 10:32:30 AM

pumpkin kid


I'm always happy when done now wrestling season starts(kid ranked eighth in the state and reason I won't be in Vegas)and like Mike said 20 ft closer to god.Jerry

10/16/2019 10:47:48 AM


Hopedale Ohio

I went through that, but not for long. I have a different game plan for spring. I've reached out to some great people here in this community and everyone is more then willing to help me in any way they can. I'm starting a journal for next year and before you know it, the void is gone. I can't wait. Heads up Jordan it's time to plan ahead already. Good luck!

10/16/2019 11:51:29 AM


Central PA

Post Partum Depression?

10/16/2019 3:52:05 PM

wile coyote

St. Paul, Minnesota

I am filling in the void by trying to clone my 220 DMG Baggs and 173 Baggs marrow plants that I was unsuccessful getting fruit from. I know that the plants won't be as vigorous growers but I want the genetics.

10/16/2019 4:49:42 PM


Anamosa, IA BPIowegian@aol.com

I'm splitting my time between deer hunting and patch cleanup. Already have one deer in the freezer (he won't be eating my plants next season) and most of the hoops for next year already set in place. Maybe some fishing if the weather straightens out. Actually, it is a little bit of relief as I'm not worried about bugs, pollination, weeds, weather, etc.

10/16/2019 5:25:23 PM

Suburban Gardener

Western Washington

Red Dead Redemption 2 online really helps to fill the pumpkin void and blast away the blues. New challenges await!

10/16/2019 6:16:13 PM

Dale M

Anchorage Alaska

Lol @ cojoe...lucky for me everything will be frozen up for 6 months , so I cant do any outside patchwork...next years strategy is all I got

10/16/2019 9:38:29 PM

D Nelson

NE Kansas

Gardening season, fishing season, deer season, fishing season, duck season, fishing season, goose season, fishing season, turkey season, fishing season, gardening season...

10/16/2019 9:52:02 PM

D Nelson

NE Kansas

Eat, sleep, repeat.

10/16/2019 9:52:41 PM

26 West

Swamp Hoggers Paradise

The next season, weather permitting is deer hunting. I very seldom shoot a deer. Its getting out in the bush. Listening to the dogs. Listening to the shots knowing where the sounds come from. Knowing what neighbour may have had some luck. You don't have to shoot something to enjoy the season. Plus the BS around the Supper table. Jim

10/17/2019 8:28:48 AM


Morgantown, WV

I'm often disappointed at the end of the season, but only because I try to set high goals for myself. I'm also trying to keep up with some of the best growers in the world, so that can often make my accomplishment "feel" smaller.

The important thing is to turn those feelings into determination to do better, if that is what you want out of the hobby. I missed the same goal this year that I've had for the past 4 seasons, so deep down I didn't get what I was truly after. That said, I'm a lot closer than I've ever been and building confidence in my own decisions. There's plenty to be proud of this year despite the missed goal.

If you got to the scale this year, that's an accomplishment in itself.

10/17/2019 8:53:33 AM

G. Kins

Southwest WA

Looks huge Dustin. Most of the top growers bang away at the numbers year after year. I think you have the right attitude. I dont know of any for whom it is was purely luck.

10/17/2019 1:16:58 PM

JABC (Jordan)

Kelowna, British Columbia

I think it was probably just the initial sudden change that really got me. A week later I feel alright. Thanks everyone for the replies though, I think finding a winter hobby is a good idea.

10/20/2019 3:37:26 AM

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