Source: The Mercury, 9 March, 2001, p.??
A SOUTH Australian couple have grown Australia's largest- ever pumpkin, weighing 286kg and with a 3.7m circumference. Ken and Rosemary Holden, from the tuna fishing town of Port Lincoln, had the giant pumpkin officially weighed in front of witnesses, including a justice of the peace, yesterday. Mr Holden said the pumpkin would probably be donated to the local hospital for soup, which he had calculated could serve 1200. "It makes lovely soup," he said. Mr Holden had to build a special shelter out of shadecloth around the growing pumpkin to protect it from the sun and wind. The pumpkin, Dill's Atlantic Giant, was fed with a large amount of animal manure, phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium. The couple had another pumpkin that reached 334kg, but it split and was ineligible for the record.
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