‘Mu­tant’ pump­kins

Odd spot: Crop in flooded pad­dock pro­duces strange shapes and colours

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Bran­don Livesay bran­don.livesay@cnbtimes.com.au

JACK McCon­nell’s pump­kin patch is stranger than fic­tion.

He planted a crop two days af­ter flood­wa­ters in­un­dated his pad­dock and the re­sults are like noth­ing he has ever seen.

“In­stead of be­ing nice, round, flat jap pump­kins they have gone all sorts of shapes and colours,” Mr McCon­nell said.

“It’s un­be­liev­able; they are the weird­est pump­kins you have ever seen.

“I worked 30 years grow­ing pump­kins and water­mel­ons and I have never seen any­thing like this be­fore.

“I would like to know what the flood has done to our land.”

His river­side pump­kin patch went about 2m un­der­wa­ter for two days

Jack McCon­nell ...what the hell hap­pened to the ground?

dur­ing the floods ear­lier this year.

Us­ing the fresh mud, Mr McCon­nell planted a row of pump­kins nearly 150m in length. His sec­ond crop was planted in the same land two weeks later and has pro­duced veg­eta­bles with a nor­mal size and shape.

He said the flood pump­kins still tasted good but he couldn’t sell them.

“What breed do you call them?” he said.

“All I can think is, what the hell hap­pened to the ground?”

Have you ex­pe­ri­enced an un­usual crop af­ter the floods? Let us know by email at bran­don. livesay@cnbtimes.com.au.

PHOTO: BRAN­DON LIVESAY

PUMP­KIN PROB­LEMS: Jack McCon­nell's pump­kin patch has been pro­duc­ing some strange shaped veg­eta­bles af­ter the flood.

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