Pumpkin coddling: 101

photos: Andrew Spear & Brian C. Frank for the New York Times, photo of photos in Martha Stewart Living: m&j

It’s giant pumpkin growing season and both the photos in Martha Stewart’s October issue of Living and The Great Pumpkin Race described so fascinatingly by Julia Scott in the New York Times Home Section are totally riveting and quite hilarious. With the standing record for an oversized pumpkin weighing in at 1,810 lbs and a single seed from that behemoth hero going for an unprecedented $1,600 – oversize pumpkin growing has become quite a serious business with some out of this world (NASA) science to back it up. The lengths to which these dedicated farmers go to grow humongous, beautiful and unblemished pumpkins is obsessive, outrageous and definitely worth the read!

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