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How To Grow Your Own Great PumpkinAre you stressed out every year when you have to go with your children to pick out the perfect pumpkin for Halloween Maybe your little ones have their eye on the behemoth in the corner with the eighty-dollar price tag It seems so innocuous sitting there all orange and round but it knows the power it holds with overthe under-eight set Other pumpkins pale in comparison and if you were a good parent that pumpkin would be coming home with you As your kids plead and cajole you realize that getting it home is only the first of many problems that you might encounter Dealing with Dad and the issue of cost is also important Dutifully you steer your children toward the lesser pumpkin siblings After many threats and tears another smaller squash is chosen When you leave with a demoralized pumpkin on one arm and your tearstained children in tow you hate that big pumpkin for causing you all this hassle The truth is this little scene could have been avoidedYou dont have to spend megabucks to keep your kids happy at Halloween Here is the perfect easy way to grow massive pumpkins in your yard with little time and effortBefore you plant be certain the area gets eight to ten hours of strong sunlight a day Pumpkins grown in the shade will often refuse to set fruit If they manage to produce shade raised pumpkins are small distorted and anemic Remember great pumpkins are the ones with the bright orange tanChoosing the type of pumpkin you will grow is as important as choosing the site You will not be able to grow large pumpkins unless you pick a seed that comes from a large variety Big Max and Atlantic Giant are two of the most popular giant pumpkins If you cant find these varieties at your local nursery many seed catalogs carry themPlant the seeds when nightly
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