The Pumpkins That Ate Verona?


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The Gault family doesn’t have to go far for jack-o-lanterns this year. The family says they decided to experiment with last year’s pumpkins and buried them in their front yard after Halloween last fall. (Or maybe they were just being lazy?). Low and behold,  a large vine appeared from the ground in July. At last sighting, there were five full-grown pumpkins to harvest, arriving just in time for a Happy Halloween!

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


  1. I have always composted our pumpkins. Unfortunately, the deer eat the plants and any young pumpkins that survive. This was not the case 30 years ago, when we grew all our own pumpkins. The Gault family vine is beautiful and unique in that the deer have avoided their lovely yard!


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