Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Landry Jones has spent the last couple of weeks pumpkin picking.
In preparation for a pumpkin sale sponsored by the Fulton Breakfast Optimist Club, Jones planted a pumpkin patch so he could donate its produce for the fundraiser. The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the United Security Bank parking lot by Moser’s.
Jones said it was the first time he grew such a large batch of the fall fruit — about 200 pumpkins. He admits they are fairly easy to grow. In mid-June he used a hoe to create about 75 mounds. Then he planted two to three seeds in each mound and watered the half-acre area about once a week. The cost was low as well. Jones said the seeds were cheap but tending the patch was “a lot of hard work.” Saving a few of the pumpkins for his own family’s carving enjoyment, Jones said whatever pumpkins are leftover from the sale will go toward seeds for next year’s patch.