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What a beauty

Tuesday, 15th March, 2011

WHAT A BEAUTY: Abigail Brooks shows the size of her giant squash compared to an average one. WHAT A BEAUTY: Abigail Brooks shows the size of her giant squash compared to an average one.

By Kurtis Eichler

There is no secret to a growing a good squash, only some excellent soil, according to two local gardeners.

Cheryl Brooks and her granddaughter Abigail, 4, said they had been growing the vegetable on stalks for four months but then yesterday something caught their eye.

"I thought it was the flower because it comes out in a big yellow flower," Mrs Brooks said.

The whopper squash measures 11 centimetres across while an average squash is about 4cm.

She said she thought the soil she bought from Australian Vermiculture may be what caused it to grow so large - that and all the rain.

As for cooking it, Mrs Brooks said she will leave it to the experts.

"Well, my son-in-law is an apprentice chef so I'll give it to him and see what he can do with it."

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