2008-09-24 / Letters

The Great Pumpkin

To The Editor:

Atlantic Giant pumpkins are fun to grow. They require an extreme amount of dedication and work. Last year's world record for one of these was 1,689 pounds.

A few years ago, the Fulton County News featured a front-page story about my daughter and me growing pumpkins that summer. This year my son and I decided we were going to try and grow one of the Atlantic Giant pumpkins. My son's was doing great and weighed about 50 pounds when all of a sudden in July the leaves started to turn yellow and the plant died. I kept a very close watch on mine for insects, wilt and other things that are common problems with the squash family. These large pumpkins have a large thirst for water, requiring as much as 40 gallons a day. My pumpkin now weighs between 200 and 250 pounds and is 100 inches in circumference with a vine length of 50 feet. The stems grow to between 3 and 4 feet high with leaves 16 to 20 inches in diameter.

My son and I plan on trying to grow a much larger one next year. Mark Sipes McConnellsburg

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