Growing the Great Pumpkin

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Giant pumpkins look nothing like the ones that might decorate your doorstep for Halloween. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

For many, “the great pumpkin” may evoke childhood memories of the classic Charlie Brown animated feature, for generations a staple of Halloween-themed television programming. While Linus never ends up seeing the great pumpkin, many amateur gardeners across North America do find pumpkins of giant proportions growing in their backyard pumpkin patches.However, these giant pumpkins don’t just appear overnight. Instead, their appearance is the result of many long hours (and months) of hard work spent by gardeners hoping to grow world-record breaking giant pumpkins. [Read more…]