MOUNT VERNON — With October rolling in with urgency so pumpkin season begins. For Patty Brill and her daughter, Marion Brill, they are seeing more pumpkin than ever at their farm just outside of Mount Vernon, off Ohio 3 south.
Marion first noticed the volunteer pumpkin vine around the second week of August, and ever since it’s been growing like a weed. Volunteer plants are those that have grown on their own, instead of being planted by someone or something.
The Brills moved to their farm in 1973.
“This used to be a beautiful garden,” said Marion. “She (Patty Brill) started the garden about 40 years ago and one vine grew from her compost pile.”
The estimated height of the volunteer pumpkin vine is 25-by-30-feet wide and has since extended down over the roof of what is to be believed a neighboring former chicken coop. The vine has produced more pumpkins than Marion anticipated it would and still continues to grow outward onto the ground.
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