Measure your pumpkins at least weekly. Early on, one may want
to measure their pumpkins daily. But as growth slows, frequency of measuring should too. Gains
in circumference can average four to six inches in a 24 hour period.
Measure the circumference of your pumpkins first parallel to the ground around the entire pumpkin
, from blossom end to stem. Next, measure over the top in both directions: from ground to ground
along the axis from stem to blossom end, then perpendicular to the stem-blossom-end axis.
Add these three measurements together, then multiply by 1.9 to give an estimate of the
Now even though this seems like a lot of information, for the competitive grower, these are just
the basics. And now that there are growers all over the United States and the world, different
planting techniques and strategies to deal with bugs, disease, and weather are used and have to
be learned through experience.