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October 3, 2008

Pumpkin grower stakes record hopes on 'Beast from the East' - The Boston Globe

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(photo courtesy of Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff)

Steve Connolly of Sharon, MA is not having any of the problems most pumpkin growers are having this year. In fact, he's preparing to break some substantial pumpkin growing records. But he only has one to worry about. One giant pumpkin, with an estimated weight of 1,878 pounds. Steve has protected it from rain and sun and fed it a special formula of bone meal, molasses, manure and who knows what else, all with the hopes of smashing the current record weight of 1,689 pounds.

Giant pumpkin growing has turned into a big obsession over the last 10 years. There are clubs and contests and prize money all over the country.

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pumpkin_book.jpgFor information on how to grow your own giant pumpkin, consult Don Langevin's book, "How to Grow World-Class Giant Pumpkins", available from Amazon for $29.35. Sounds like good, clean fun and hours of entertainment over the summer for the cost of a book and a few seeds.

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Posted by Mary Ellen at October 3, 2008 6:53 AM
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