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Rutabaga o’Lantern

In honor of my Gaelic roots, I carved a rutabaga this year. It takes some doing (scooping out the guts isn’t as efficient as it is with a pumpkin), but the end results are creepily worth it. STAY AWAY, EVIL SPIRITS!

Photo a Day 2011, #8

Abominations

So, that’s five 100 (or so) pounders and one 50 to 60 pounder, as well as two younglings that, I suspect, aren’t going to make it. We turned them all over to see if they’ll pick up a bit more sun.

No! No! No!

The main pumpkin root shows its horrific face.

“Most plants thrive on animal waste, but I’m afraid this mutation possesses an appetite for the animal itself. ” Day of the Triffids

I don’t think I’ve adequately described the viney nightmare in our backyard. Back in 2006, I raised a 120 pound pumpkin. This  year I have five of what look like 100-pounders or more. Didn’t do much more than plant the seeds, spread a little compost, and walk away. But that’s all that pumpkins really need. […]