Springborg grows 304kg pumpkin
HE never expected, when he planted a few pumpkin seeds last October, he would end up raising $10,000.
Local member Lawrence Springborg sent his 304kg pumpkin off to “pumpkin heaven” last week after it took out first prize at the Inglewood Show and after being on show at the Brisbane Markets and Milton Fruit Bowl.
“It got to the stage it couldn’t go any longer and I got the seeds out,” Mr Springborg said.
He was happy to announce the prize pumpkin had made a significant contribution to the Royal Flying Doctors Service.
“I watched as the pumpkin was on display and I noticed how many people were just amazed and fascinated by it,” he said.
“There is a whole sub-culture of giant-pumpkin growers and the passion of these people is amazing.”
Unfortunately, the pumpkin was too ripe to make the delicious 1216 Lady Flo’s Scones as he previously planned, with most of the leftovers going to his friend’s chooks.
After Mr Springborg successfully grew the state’s unofficial biggest pumpkin he discovered there were a lot of things he wasn’t doing, however this clearly didn’t stop or alter the condition of his pumpkin.
“I didn’t realise that the whole vine takes in the nutrients; I was just watering the base,” he laughed.
“It’s just been an amazing thing and I must admit I want to do it again this year.
“It’s fantastic it raised so much money and it’s a charity that Queensland supports and which provides an amazing service.”