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Forum staff reports, Published September 29 2010

Garden tales: A stretch for sunflowers

Recently we asked our readers to send us photos of their large or unusual produce. Here’s what a couple of them sent us:

After we ran a story about a Fargo couple’s towering sunflower, some readers responded with photos of their sunflowers stretching toward the sky.

One that grew so tall a ladder is needed to reach its head comes from Nick and Shelly Janssen of Moorhead, who grew the plant from a seedling that was gifted to them. Shelly Janssen says “none from the entire batch of seedlings ever got as big as this one!” Her husband, Nick, is pictured with the plant at right.

Another large sunflower was grown by Paul Schoenheit, a 12-year-old from Fargo. His mother, Catherine, sent in the photo and explained that this was their family’s first summer tending to a garden that also included peppers. And, of course, her son is quite proud of the big sunflower that is more than 8 feet tall and has a stalk with a circumference of 7 inches.

We’ll have more unusual or interesting produce next Wednesday in the Life section. And if you have some impressive or curious produce to share with us, e-mail a photo and a little about it to Features Editor Robert Morast at rmorast@forumcomm.com.