Outdoors with Big Daddy: Super Pumpkins

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HUNTSBURG TOWNSHIP -- A local grower has a penchant for giant pumpkins.

For Jerry Rose, growing pumpkins that weigh more than 1,000 pounds is a labor of love.

"It takes about 500 hours of my time over the summer to keep them going", says Rose, who again took first place in the annual Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival.

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He has one super-sized squash left in his garden to weigh-in at an Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers event this coming weekend. A bad weather year cost him size.

"I'm hoping we place within the top twenty this year," said Rose.

Rose says there's no real secret to growing giant pumpkins.

"I mix in lots and lots of manure, then take meticulous care of the plants."

He planted 9 of the "Atlantic Giant" variety pumpkin and only three gourds made it to maturity.

He's hoping to make the international list with "The Great Pumpkin Commonwealth," where giant gourd growers from all over the world try to grow the biggest pumpkin.

Rose says it's competitive but a lot of fun. "You really meet some good people from all over the World who are willing to help with ideas. We even share seeds."

WKYC Photojournalist Carl "Big Daddy" Bachtel went to Rose's farm to check out the pumpkins in person.

If you're interested in learning more about giant pumpkins, just follow the links provided.


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