Britain’s youngest pumpkin farmer, 8 yeas old, cultivated Halloween veg since age of two
Meet Britain’s youngest pumpkin farmer – an eight-year-old who has been growing Halloween veg weighing more than he does since he was a two–year-old.
Harry Houghton, of Scarisbrick, Lancs, works with dad James Houghton on the family farm, which has specialised in cultivating the gigantic orange vegetables for almost 30 years.
And the schoolboy, who has been pumpkin farming since the tender age of TWO, oversees the laborious six-month process of growing about 2,000 pumpkins a year from seeds in time for Halloween.
Harry has already picked out the best of the bunch for his own Halloween celebrations – while another of his top choices is set to be donated to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool for their decorations.
Harry’s dad James, 44, said: “The pumpkins we grow are absolutely huge and they take two or three people to lift so we use machines to move them.
“They’ve kept Harry busy because they need a lot of nurturing and he’s been tied up with about 70 pumpkins in his own patch on the farm.
“He loves Halloween and he has already picked out one for himself to have on the day.
“Harry always wants the biggest and the best but he’s also picked out another one for Alder Hey that I will be giving to charity too.”
James and Harry begin sowing he pumpkin seeds indoors at the end of April before planting the vegetables outside as soon as the last frost has passed.
They then begin to harvest the pumpkins in September once they have grown in the summer sun.
And the giant vegetables are made available to the public from October 14 in time for carving on October 31.
Harry, who goes to nearby Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Scarisbrick, insists he is used to working on the massive pumpkins after joining the family trade as a two-year-old.
Harry said: “I have a patch of my own and I really enjoy being in charge of it.
“I’ve been doing it since I was two years old and I always make sure that I pick out the biggest one for me.
“I’m really looking forward to Halloween and I’ll be dressing up in a skeleton suit.
“My friends think it is great that I grow the pumpkins and I have taken a pumpkin into school a couple of times before.
“But they are really heavy and I can’t lift one up on my own.
“It’s a really nice thing to do to give a pumpkin to charity too.”