Monday, November 4, 2019

A Found Farewell to the Great Pumpkin

The pumpkin went out in style.  It got professionally carved Halloween night at Pumpkin Nights.  Kind of a fun way for it to live out its last days.  The carving is a cityscape with a dragon in the upper left hand corner.  It kind of reminds me of something out of Lord of the Rings.  Today the seeds were harvested and will be dried over the next two weeks.  Over the last month the pumpkin was in front of our home, went to two schools and then was on display at pumpkin nights in front of about 60,000 people.  For as much work as it was to grow it, we got as many miles out of it as we could and hope many smiles were put on many faces.

I asked Jim Seamons to take a picutre of the meat of the pumpkin.  The pumpkin went 8% heavy so I was interested to see how thick the was the meat on the pumpkin.  Not exceptionally thick but it matched what Dale Marshall said about his pumpkin which shared the same "father" as was in my pumpkin.  His pumpkin went heavy, but he said the meat wasn't overly thick on his pumpkin either.  But he said the meat was just dripping wet.  My guess is that the 2003 genetics has that trait and why almost every 2018 Haist seed produced a pumpkin, except for two, that went heavy and some went very heavy to the charts.

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