There's no controlling Mother Nature, unless you have a greenhouse

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A cool, rainy summer created problems for some farmers this year. And while the Alaska State Fair's giant pumpkin isn't as big as last year, 1,231.5-pounds is still pretty huge.

[Results: Great Pumpkin Weigh-off]

But, the rain also meant delays in some locally grown vegetables, plus damages to flower petals.

"I know some of the zucchini, and some of those squash, and potatoes and peppers took forever to do anything," said Michelle Adeszko, who's entered several flowers into the state fair competition. "Tomatoes took a long time to ripen this year, and the cooler weather affected production."

Adeszko said it also created problems for peas; although, both broccoli and cauliflower seem to have been spared.

Farmer Bob Thome said that most of the monster vegetables grown in Alaska got the princess-treatment, which means they were raised in a greenhouse.

"Well, I just work a different angel. That's all most of the big growers - they do the same thing," Thome said about using greenhouses.

Still, he doesn't think his cabbage will win this year's competition, since it weighs only 60 or 70 pounds. Judging for that competition takes place Friday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.

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