Young growers such as Jeff Reid, 34, of Waterville are now taking their place in the winner’s circle. Reid’s 1,202-pound pumpkin took first place at the 2007 Windsor pumpkin festival weigh-off.
While most people would be happy just to grow a giant pumpkin in their garden, Reid is taking it to the next level by sharing the knowledge he has been cultivating for the last seven years.
As a founding member of Annapolis Valley Giant Vegetable Growers, which now boasts 93 members, Reid helps organize a pumpkin weigh-off at his workplace, Glad Gardens Family Farm Market & Greenhouses in Waterville, Kings County.
Growing big pumpkins is a delicate balance between weather conditions, genetics and a healthy dose of luck. Yes, there is a secret, and Reid is happy to share that secret with anyone serious about getting involved in the hobby.