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Green pumpkins growing from roof

Backyard gardener Jim Cannane, of Evans Head, checks on the progress of some of his hanging pumpkins as he shares the secrets of his growing success.
Backyard gardener Jim Cannane, of Evans Head, checks on the progress of some of his hanging pumpkins as he shares the secrets of his growing success.

IT ISN’T every day you see large green pumpkins hanging from the roof, but according to Jim Cannane, they grow better that way.

The Evens Head resident used to be a commercial grower, but after moving into town 17 years ago he's now turned his backyard into a hobby farm to grow his precious pumpkins.

Mr Cannane was the first in the Richmond River district to grow potkin pumpkins. He originally grew the ironbark variety, which he got from Japan many years ago.

But with those now off the market he's trialling a new version: Green pumpkins.

His secret is to grow them on a giant trellis, with the pumpkins dangling from the vine and kept well out of the sun.

“By not having any sun on them you improve the eating quality by about 50 per cent,” he said.

“I got the idea for a trellis when a plant grew up a plum tree last year.”

However, it isn't as simple as just letting them grow.

Instead, Mr Cannane has been growing other varieties for pollination to produce his beaut green pumpkins.

“I've been hand-pollinating them with paint brushes because the male flowers don't open,” he said.

Meanwhile, his wife Mary watches contentedly.

“He just loves his garden,” she said.


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