GREG'S LEGACY

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I’m throwing out the challenge

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Thad Starr, of Oregon, stands next to his pumpkin after it weighed in at 1528 pounds at the 35th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off.

Thad Starr, of Oregon, stands next to his pumpkin after it weighed in at 1528 pounds at the 35th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off.

I’ve been messing around with giant pumpkins for a few years but have never succeeded in getting any decent size in them.  Now that I am at home all the time, I finally have a chance to see what I can do.

Sprouted Atlantic Pumpkin seeds - each 20mm long

Sprouted Atlantic Pumpkin seeds - each 15mm long

My original seed stock came from a grower in New York City from a pumpkin that weighed in at 860 lb together with some from Australia’s champion grower in Sydney from a 600 lb pumpkin.  These seeds have been sitting in my frig since 2003.

Earlier this week, I took one of each and placed them between moist paper towels to see if they would germinate.  Well, by the photo, you can see thay have both sprouted.  The orange one is from the US whilst the white one is from Sydney.

Tomorrow, they go into the ground and I will keep you informed on their progress.

Now for the challenge!  This is a MeMe with a difference.  I am germinating some more seeds for my fellow bloggers to receive at our November get together (Nov 1).  We can give a running commentary on our blogs all summer long.

If anyone else wants to have a go to beat me, I may have some spare seeds I can give you.

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Written by Greg Naylor

18 October 2008 at 12:00 am

Posted in PERSONAL

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  1. Excellent idea, let the killer pumpkin competition begin!

    Kieran

    18 October 2008 at 4:46 pm

  2. Keiren, your giant pumpkin seed has been inserted into a peat pot. I shall advise you upon it’s germination … the competition is underway!

    Greg Naylor

    18 October 2008 at 8:49 pm


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