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Courgettes need lots of water, so it's a good idea to put a plant pot in the ground close to each plant and water into it - that way the water goes to the roots, where it's most needed. If you're growing pumpkins and squashes make sure that you've got enough space, as they can take up quite a lot of room in your veg patch! You could grow them on the top of an open compost heap, where they'll be perfectly happy.
Pumpkin 'Paton Twins Giant - Record Breaker'
Cucurbita maximaLooking to grow a record breaker? We're giving you the best chance of success with seed collected from the UK's largest ever heavy-weight pumpkin. We've harvested the seeds from a 1,884lb (855kg) whopper grown in 2014 by Ian and Stuart Paton, the UK's leading giant pumpkin growers. With 40 years experience of growing gargantuan gourds, hand pollinating their plants every year to ensure the best genetics, there's no better source of giant pumpkin seeds anywhere in the UK.
As well as supplying you with two giant seeds with the DNA to grow into a giant, we'll set you off on the best of starts by including Ian and Stuart's top tips for success - how to sow, where to grow, how to feed and water and how and when to harvest your giant.
Growing giant vegetables is great fun, but there's money to be earned too! Bring your giant pumpkin to the Autumn Pumpkin Festival, held in Netley, Southampton, every October - if it's a UK record breaker we'll pay you £1,000. If it's a world record breaker you'll receive a cheque for a whopping £10,000! Not a bad return for tending to your pumpkin patch!.
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Pumpkin 'Dill's Atlantic Giant'
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Pumpkin 'Paton Twins Giant'
Cucurbita maximaBeat the records - with seed taken from a record-breaking pumpkin weighing over 1200lb, you'll be in with a chance! Ian Paton and his twin brother Stuart currently hold the record for the heaviest pumpkin grown in the UK. So why not try and grow a whopper with these special pumpkin seeds? Maybe you'll smash the British, European or even the World record! Height: 45cm (18”). Spread: 4m (13').
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