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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