Seeds available now for keen pumpkin growers

Fit for a carriage . . . Daniel Wark won first place for heaviest pumpkin at this year’s South Otago A&P Society’s annual Giant Pumpkin Day in Balclutha, with a whopping weight of 56kg. PHOTO: EVELYN THORN

Competition shoots up far and wide when it comes to growing a pumpkin.

The annual South Otago A&P Society giant pumpkin and market day is all set for April next year, and seeds are now available for keen pumpkin growers to buy and take part.

Society president Bridget Lowry said the competition was fast becoming a fun fixture on the local calendar.

‘‘We’re pretty excited for the event to go ahead.

‘‘There seems to be a lot of underlying competitiveness that arises among growers, and even A&P Society members, when it comes to the day.

‘‘Some growers come up with ideas and plans straight away and some do their own thing, it all comes down to the way they want to go about growing their giant pumpkin,’’ she said.

Other competitions are held on the day, including biggest vegetable and children’s competitions for fruits and vegetables.

Schools, playcentres and kindergartens were encouraged to get involved, she said.

‘‘We would love to see the young ones getting involved, as we will allocate a packet to them to see their growing skills.’’

Green — or orange — fingered participants have until April 2 to grow their pumpkins.

The society’s fundraising $10 packet of two seeds can be picked up from Matau Garden Centre or Johnstone Electrical in Balclutha.