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Saturday, March 17 View Page
OK the RD1 weigh off was today. It was great fun. The Whangarei winner was the Burtons. (Hope I've spelt their name right.)721 kg (1589.5 lb I think). It was huge and beautiful. Great to see one this big in NZ.
 
Saturday, March 17 View Page
This is the stem. Huge and healthy.
 
Saturday, March 17 View Page
Even the blossom end looks great.
 
Saturday, March 17 View Page
These are the three great growers of this pumpkin. Alan, Jason and Eve Burton.
 
Saturday, March 17 View Page
Sorry these photos are not clearer. They were popular people.
 
Saturday, March 17 View Page
Here is my 15 year old sitting in front of this monster.
 
Saturday, March 17 View Page
And here is my baby for the season. Not my best year but still fun. 230kg (507 lb)
 
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Here is a shot of some of the line up.
 
Saturday, March 17 View Page
Here is a little info on the 1589.5 Burton. It was grown on the 1724 Harp and crossed with the 1536.5 Van Kooten. I'm sure these lovely folks will be able to give you more accurate info. But as I know it their big one was grown 13 foot approx down the main vine. It was the third on the vine and they were careful to get one growing on a good angle.
 
Saturday, March 17 View Page
The Burtons used horse manure and had to grow on top of clay (which many of us have in NZ). They overcame this and have these great results to show for it. They also over came the powdery mildew problem with "Fungus fighter". They did use Mychorrizal. And were careful with their watering programme to water the roots and to feed the leaves with fish and seaweed on top.
 
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Hope this info will help any new growers in NZ. Just shows you we can do it here too. Now lets see if we can't build on this. (I have some work to do!)
 
Saturday, March 17 View Page
I spelt the name wrong. The Whangarei winners are 1589.5 Bartons. Sorry folks.
 

 

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