Monday, January 14, 2008

Backyard Giants

Backyard Giants
by Susan Warren

Backyard Giants is a fun story of a year in the life of competitive pumpkin growers. Competitive pumpkin growing - who knew there was such a thing?

After reading this delightful book you will have a good idea of the determination and devotion (some would say obsession) it takes to grow a world-record 1500 lb. pumpkin. Backyard Giants is funny, insightful, and full of useful horticultural information.

The author follows several growers as they try to beat the odds and grow a pumpkin the size of a small cow. You learn about pumpkin patch preparation, pollination, and pruning. You feel the amazement when the pumpkins grow 40 to 50 pounds a day, and the agony when, after a season of tender loving care, a pumpkin splits and is disqualified from competition.

- Kathy S.

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