Child-sized pump­kin just kept grow­ing

North West Telegraph - - News - Robert Dougherty

Min­ing dump trucks and ships aren’t the only gi­ants in the Pil­bara, with two gar­den­ers grow­ing an 80.4kg pump­kin in their back­yard.

An­thony and Tanya Hol­man, from South Hed­land, have been babysit­ting the child-sized veg­etable since find­ing a seed dur­ing a fam­ily trip to Perth in Sep­tem­ber 2017 and plant­ing it in April.

“We sort of grew it for fun, just a nov­elty thing and also grew it for the seed as well to en­cour­age peo­ple (to start gar­den­ing),” Ms Hol­man, who works as a driv­ing in­struc­tor, said.

“It was very ex­cit­ing be­cause we didn’t know when it was go­ing to stop (grow­ing) … at one time it was grow­ing over 1cm a day.

“Peo­ple would go by and see it on the fence and say ‘is that real?’, neigh­bours would come by and take pic­tures of it.”

The rest of the Hol­mans’ back­yard is a retic­u­lated net­work of bird pens, planter boxes filled with corn stalks, free-roam­ing guinea pigs and even a boat filled with shrub­bery.

The Hol­mans were re­cently crowned the town’s grand cham­pion gar­den­ers and best ed­i­ble gar­den dur­ing a Great Gar­dens Tour or­gan­ised by lo­cal con­ser­va­tion group, Care for Hed­land, in Oc­to­ber.

“We grow dif­fer­ent things like dif­fer­ent spinaches that are com­ing through in sum­mer and in win­ter we grow dif­fer­ent types of plants, mov­ing from Eu­ro­pean to Asian gar­den which pro­vides us all our greens,” Mr Hol­man, a pro­gram man­ager for WA not­for-profit EON Foun­da­tion, said.

“We put a plat­form un­der­neath as it was hang­ing from the fence, about 1.5m off the ground and it’s been grow­ing there ever since.”

The enor­mous veg­etable is quite a bit smaller than Aus­tralia's heav­i­est pump­kin at 747kg and Guin­ness World Record for heav­i­est pump­kin held by Switzer­land grower Beni Meier at 1054kg.

South Hed­land’s An­thony and Tanya Hol­man in the back­yard with their 80.4kg pump­kin.

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