What's the secret to an enormous pumpkin? Well, obviously you need to start with a genetic seed. In this case Steve Connolly used Atlantic Giant seeds originally patented by a Nova Scotia farmer, and kept it thriving on a diet that included North American kelp, cow manure, maple leaf compost, and fish fertilizer. Growing these megapumpkins has become quite the sport these days; I wouldn't be surprised if a new record of over a ton will be established next year.
I feel a little sorry for these plants, even if they have no brains. They sort of remind me of child models and athletes that have been cultivated and paraded around, unable to live a normal life. What happens to a pumpkin that size when it dies? Does this variety taste good enough for pie? Could you start your own roasted seed business? You couldn't just put in in the compost, you would need to cut it up so it could fit into several bins, or just dump it in the trash. Maybe Connolly will preserve his just like someone would stuff an animal.
If genetic engineering could produce something of such an unnatural size, I wonder what's next.