Undley Pooleys’ prime patch for picking perfect pumpkins
Over the past 12 years, Sally and Anthony Pooley have made choosing a pumpkin for your Halloween Jack o’ Lantern a fun family trip.
Their annual Undley Pumpkin Patch has become much more than a patch of pumpkins and this year they even have a specially made pumpkin-shaped bouncy ‘castle’, as well as a six-acre maize maze.
That is on tope of the donkey rides, craft stalls, face painting and the roadside giant straw bale sculpture of a man with a barrow full of pumpkins.
Most of their land at Peterhouse Farm in Undley Road, Beck Row, is now leased out to turf growers, but each May a special few acres are sown with pumpkin seeds.
Sally said: “My husband then has months of worrying whether it will be wet enough and warm enough for them.”
But this year seems to have been a good year for the vegetable that is more likely to become a decoration than a delicious meal, so you can choose anything from a handy window ledge-sized squash to something big enough for the front lawn.
The Pumpkin Patch, which has only been open at weekends, will now be open every day from Saturday until Halloween from 10am to 5pm.
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