PUMPKIN PROBLEMS: Jack McConnell's pumpkin patch has been producing some strange shaped vegetables after the flood.
PUMPKIN PROBLEMS: Jack McConnell's pumpkin patch has been producing some strange shaped vegetables after the flood. Brandon Livesay

'Mutant' pumpkins produced from Qld flood water

JACK McConnell's pumpkin patch is stranger than fiction.  

He planted a crop two days after floodwaters inundated his paddock and the results are like nothing he has ever seen.  

"Instead of being nice, round, flat jap pumpkins they have gone all sorts of shapes and colours," Mr McConnell said.

"It's unbelievable; they are the weirdest pumpkins you have ever seen.  

"I worked 30 years growing pumpkins and watermelons and I have never seen anything like this before.  

"I would like to know what the flood has done to our land."  

His riverside pumpkin patch went about 2m underwater for two days during the floods earlier this year.  

Using the fresh mud, Mr McConnell planted a row of pumpkins nearly 150m in length.  

His second crop was planted in the same land two weeks later and has produced vegetables with a normal size and shape.  

He said the flood pumpkins still tasted good but he couldn't sell them.  

"What breed do you call them?" he said.  

"All I can think is, what the hell happened to the ground?"  

Have you experienced an unusual crop after the floods?

Let us know by email at brandon.livesay@cnbtimes.com.au.  


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