Growing Pumpkins for Cooking, Eating, and Carving

The versatile pumpkin is a rewarding addition to any garden: it offers an easy project for novice gardeners and a challenge for competitive growers, its shell can be used for serving or carving into jack-o'-lanterns, and its meat and seeds are delicious in a variety of recipes.



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A little bit of imagination, some simple tools, and a glowing candle nicely sets off pumpkin art.
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Flickering candles light grinning faces on a dark night.
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Miniature pumpkins are only three inches across.
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Boy and cat-o'-lantern face off.
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Kids carving a pumpkin for Halloween.
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Edward Gancarz, second from left, wins the world record with his 816.5 pumpkin.
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Miniature pumpkins are easy for kids to harvest.
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Each pumpkin plant has both male and female flowers, requiring cross-pollination.
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