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Monday, June 08, 2015 DeanAZ Scottsdale, Arizona

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One pumpkin left in the garden. The 1754 Daletas was planted a full month after my other two pumpkins. It was showing great promise during May and I decided to give it a couple of more weeks to see if it couldn't move our Arizona record higher. Unfortunately, the heat showed up at the end of last week and the leaves are starting to look bleached. I've been giving the plant some overhead water during the day to try and keep the leaves cool and slow down the transpiration. The fruit has gone from 10-12 pounds per day down to 3 pounds a day over the last week. I've been getting quite a few people coming by to look at the pumpkin, but it's time to call it quits for the season. I'll be cutting the Daletas on Wednesday and weighing it at Harper's Landscape & Garden Centre as part of our Virtual Weigh-Off (We had several pumpkins, which were started late and weren't ready for the Spring Harvest Festival.)

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