Denver, Colorado 2021-10-14 18:37:00 –
Morrison, Colorado — When you retire for 22 years like Jack Slade, you usually find a hobby.
“I’m looking forward to it every day,” he explained.
An 85-year-old woman who grew up on a farm in Kansas devoted herself to gardening.
“I cultivated potatoes here and always cultivated tomatoes,” he said.
But his backyard yard in Morrison soon became the home of something bigger.
“Most people think this is a big pumpkin,” he said sitting on a 150-pound orange gourd.
For Jack, it’s not big at all.
“The first pumpkin I raised in 2011 was £ 500,” he said with a laugh.
The average pumpkin can go to work for about £ 15-20, but Jack has grown 10-20 times more gourds on a regular basis over the last decade.
“It gets really complicated,” he said.
Each year, Jack manually fertilizes the soil and adds horse manure, compost, alfalfa and leaves. He also built a timed watering system to hydrate giant plants to grow the largest pumpkins possible.
“In the beginning, I kept trying to get the biggest one, so in 2013 I had a 992 pound pumpkin. It was so big that in my (Ford) Ranger I couldn’t get it, “he said.
But after bringing it closer to £ 1,000 and now approaching the age of 90, Jack decided he couldn’t exceed that number. He is now growing a giant pumpkin for his looks.
“I want to bring home more beautiful than the biggest dance,” he said with a laugh.
Locally, he has won the Howard Dill Award four times for his giant, good-looking pumpkin. He’s been going for five years this year, so he also has a backup plan for his huge vegetables.
“I always carve it, put it in the driveway, put in the lights,” he said, explaining that he needed a power tool and a saw.
Whether or not he wins the award, Jack knows he still has the largest Jack-o-Lantern in town.
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