This article is intended for beginner growers, and it includes the basics on how to grow a giant pumpkin.
My 2018 giant pumpkin growing season was a huge improvement from prior years. "Watson”, who was named after the wattage invested in his growth, got second place in the state of Maine at 1521.5 pounds! I discuss what I did differently this year to get this new personal best.
Winters in Acadia are magical because you get to enjoy the beauty of the national park without the crowds. Most of the mountains in the park have exposed areas above treeline, and it can be very icy which makes choosing gear difficult. In this article, I have outlined what usually works for me on my adventures. I also include suggestions for photography equipment if that is on your agenda.
Every winter, I travel to Acadia National Park to visit the snowy owls on Sargent Mountain. I decided to make a trip report so you know what to expect on this hike, and I also included some gear recommendations. This hike never disappoints me, and it is one of my favorite things to do in Maine’s long winter.
When I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, I wasn't sure what gear to bring. I had a packing list from my tour guide, but I didn't know what things I could do without since I had never climbed such a big mountain before. In this article I go through what worked well for me and what didn't, and also items that were nice to have on the remainder of my trip. I focus on women’s gear, but I also include the male equivalent for most products.
This is a great soup to make on those cold fall and winter days, and it is my go-to soup for pot lucks. It's super easy to make with the use of a crock pot, and it is healthy and paleo-friendly.
This is a paleo-friendly guacamole recipe with no added sugar. My colitis can't handle the jalapeno in store-bought guacamole, so this is a basic recipe without the spice (but of course you can add your own to your liking). This goes quick at our house!
This is a simple recipe for corn bread without any processed sugar and sweetened with a little bit of honey.
This step-by-step guide shows you how to build a homemade tripod to lift your giant pumpkin. It is a great alternative if you don't own heavy machinery, and it's easy with the use of a chain hoist.
Blackburn Challenge #2 finished. Journey with me through one of the most challenging paddle endeavours on the planet. Watch as I battle a raccoon for some shiitake mushrooms. View some gear I recommend for ocean paddling. Please feel free to email or comment.
This is by far our favorite dessert in our household, and it never lasts long! It's super easy to make, and it's healthy!
Read about what gear worked and what didn't on our most recent winter adventure race, the Frigid Infliction.
An amusing account of our winter adventure race at Bolton Valley.
This is a great dehydrated snack to enjoy at home or on the trails. It tastes like a coconut banana smothie!
Although I didn't have as good of a season as I expected, I learned a ton that will help me get even bigger pumpkins next year. In this blog I talk about what went right and what went wrong.
Compost tea is a great soil amendment for organic gardeners because it encourages the growth of beneficial microbes. Get step-by-step instructions on how to make your own and save money!
It's still April, but my seedlings are already out in their hoop houses and getting heated at night. Read more about my pumpkin babies here.
Read about how I get my soil ready and seeds started for giant pumpkin season.
Want to know what kind of shape you're in? Get in a fight! Here is Dale's take on why martial arts creates some of the most well-rounded athletes.
Some words of wisdom: Free manure isn't free when you overload your trailer and break its axle. Read this amusing story along with some of Sarah's thoughts on the upcoming growing season.
Winter can be a very dangerous time on Mount Washington (as can ANY time of the year). Here are some of Sarah's favorite things to keep her safe and warm on the mountain.
Read Sarah and Dale's trip report of their winter ascent up Mount Washington.
Read Sarah's recommendations on what to bring (and what NOT to bring) on a climb up Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe.
Mint ice cream, chocolatey nutty crust, and chocolate coconut chips. All homemade, and all delicious!
Sarah's take on Sunday River's North American Wife Carrying Championship.
Watch a crazy video of Dale trying to save Sarah's pumpkin during a hail storm.
If you want to grow a world-class giant pumpkin, you should pollinate your plant by hand so you can keep track of its genetics and assure your female flower gets exposed to pollen. See how to do this in a step-by-step guide.
Dale's take on Sunday River's North American Wife Carrying Championship. Instead of pressuring women to be little, we should encourage them to be strong so they can carry their partners too!
Many giant pumpkin growers use organic methods, but oftentimes you still see pesticide, fungicide, and herbicide use. This is Sarah's take on why she thinks avoiding these chemicals will be more beneficial in the long run.
Read about the beginning of Sarah's 2015 growing season.
Hi, we're Sarah and Dale! Join us on our journey of healthy living, crazy adventures, and good food. Our lifestyle has been shaped by Sarah's ulcerative colitis, Dale's experiences as a professional athlete, and our desire for an exciting and happy life. Read more about us here.