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Monday, August 30, 2021 Henry-the giant pumpkin grower Topsfield, MA

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PUMPKIN UPDATE- Itís been awhile since Iíve updated on the 1184.5. Sheís hanging in there! Itís been a very challenging season this year for me. First the weather in July and then a sudden surgery at the end of July which took weeks to recover and still recovering from it. Nothing has seemed to go right. After I lost the 1215 young from Phytophera I was convinced Iíd lose my 1184.5. I believe this is my 3rd shot at a pumpkin on this plant. I didnít want to give up and itís definitely starting to pay off. Sheís estimated at 220 pounds at 38 days old on a tertiary. Averaging 7-10 pounds a day. Way below of where Iíd normally be but I donít care one bit. Getting her to the scales would be a huge win in my books. I somehow was able to save the main vine and itís all dried up but I will continue to have fans blowing on it until the day of harvest. I donít want to take any chances and with 4-6+ inches of rain on Thursday it could get ugly fast. The plant has taken a beating this year and I donít expect much plant to be left after Thursday but Iím going to keep pushing her! Definitely a very tough plant that wants to keep fighting. 32 days left until she hits the scales.

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