3rd Annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Contest

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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Carrot Pants, winner of the 2010 Weird Veggie contest, probably grew in rocky soil which caused these unusual forked roots.
The Loch Ness Cucumber, winner of the 2009 Weird Veggie contest, could be the result of poor pollination or inconsistent irrigation.
This Winking Black Krim tomato owes its misshapen look to catfacing in the blossom end of the fruit. Catfacing can be caused by weather that’s too cold during blossoming, combined with too much nitrogen in the soil.
Overcrowded vines probably caused these two squash to grow together resulting in Rockabye Baby Squash.
Carrot Pants, winner of the 2010 Weird Veggie contest, probably grew in rocky soil which caused these unusual forked roots.Click To Enlarge

Carrot Pants, winner of the 2010 Weird Veggie contest, probably grew in rocky soil which caused these unusual forked roots.

Photo: MJ Blanchette

Welcome to the wonderful world of strange-looking produce. If you’ve grown an eggplant with a nose, a tomato with eyes or a wacky watermelon, we want to see it!

The 3rd Annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit contest, sponsored by WesternGardeners.com, recognizes the most amusing green goods growing in gardens across the country.

It’s easy to see why Carrot Pants, grown by MJ Blanchette, was the big winner in last year's contest. Even though there’s a logical explanation for forked carrot roots (they grow in rocky soil) that doesn’t make this crazy carrot any less entertaining.

The Weird Veggie contest is open to any gardener in the U.S. or Canada. To enter, just take a digital photo of your entry, attach it to an email, and send to Jodi@WesternGardeners.com. The contest runs August 1 through August 31 at midnight (Mountain time). The winner will be announced September 6 on WesternGardeners.com.

Entries will be judged by an independent panel of one jolly judge who has a special appreciation for the curiosities Mother Nature can create. The winner will receive a special prize package of garden goodies and lasting fame.

By entering the contest you grant WesternGardeners.com permission to use submitted photos for promotional purposes without compensation.

For more information, contact Jodi@WesternGardeners.com.


 


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