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A bumper pumpkin surprise

MICHRON ROBINSON, michronrobinson@nationnews.com

Added 06 October 2016

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Shopkeeper Vernon Smith placing a fourth pumpkin on his counter. (Pictre by Michron Robinson)

A CHRIST CHURCH SHOPKEEPER has reaped over 45 pounds of what he has not sown – well, at least not intentionally.

Victor Smith, of Parish Land, said he always prayed to reap a giant vegetable but never had the time to spend in his kitchen garden because he was a full-time shop owner and part-time taxi man.

He said that he casually tossed pumpkin seeds just outside his home and a few weeks later a vine began to spread and he saw giant pumpkins attached.

“They were only fed with rain water and nothing else. I have not given them a drop of water. I never plant pumpkin before. I just dumped marl there and within two weeks, the pumpkin vine was about eight feet long. I have no idea what breed of pumpkin it is, though,” he added.

Smith, a well-known shop owner in the area for over 30 years, said that the day after the passing of Tropical Storm Matthew, he picked six of the pumpkins, some of which weighed over 50 pounds, with nine more ready for conkies or soup.

“I would not sell all, but I would try to give away some, as it really is a blessing from God,” the devout Christian said. (MR)

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