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Growing pumpkins

Washington’s cool weather is great for pumpkins. Ideally, pumpkins do well in 55-to-60-degree temperatures. Whether you are picking pumpkins from your backyard, buying them from a local farmer or Master Gardeners, they are bound to be a big hit.

When deciding on a type of pumpkin to grow, consider its purpose. For pie, consider New England Sugar Pie, the Jack-O-Lantern is best for carving and the Cinderella is best for ornamental decorations. No matter which variety you choose, you need space and time. The vines can grow up to 30 feet long. Most varieties can be trained on a trellis to save sp...


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