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Independence Day - and pumpkins!

By Laurena Mayne Davis

Happy Fourth of July. Don’t forget to celebrate our nation’s independence with patriotic displays of flags and fireworks.

And pumpkins.

At least pumpkin seeds. Years ago I interviewed a local farmer who grew acres of pumpkins for a pumpkin patch. He told me the Fourth of July is the right time to plant pumpkins in order for them to be mature just in time for jack-o’-lantern carving come Halloween.

It’s an easy date to remember and we’ve planted them around Independence Day ever since.

My kids like to grow ginormous pumpkins for carving, and I like Sugar Pies for canning. Most pumpkin varieties mature in 85 to 100 days.

So plant now for a summer of lush, vining tendrils (give them lots and lots of room) and a fall harvest for pumpkin carving or pies.

(Thanks, Haute Mamas Robin, for the photo illustration.)

 

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