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Kitchen Gardening

How to Grow Great Pumpkins

Whether you grow jack-o’-lanterns or gourmet varieties, all you need is enough time, space, and summer heat

Fine Gardening – Issue 171

Growing pumpkins can be addictive. My own experience began with growing a few hills of jack-o’-lantern pumpkins in my garden. I now grow over 120 varieties of pumpkins, gourds, and winter squash on about an acre of land, and I am continually amazed by the diversity of this plant family. They grow easily if given a site with good drainage, full sun, adequate water, and fertile soil. If you are thinking of adding pumpkins to your gardening repertoire, here’s what you need to know.

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