Bill’s Garden Adventure — Episode 4: How to grow The Great Pumpkin, plus the ongoing war with weeds

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, July 31, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Want to get your kids, or maybe your grandkids, interested in gardening?

Try growing The Great Pumpkin.

As summer winds down and temperatures dip, a lot of the vegetables go away, but not so the mighty pumpkin.

It’s a squash, after all, and they’re a pretty hardy lot.

Plus, growing pumpkins is an American tradition. They were first harvested by North American settlers as far back as the 1600s.

Pumpkins were introduced to North America by settlers in the early 1600s. Photo: Wikipedia/Martin Doege
Pumpkins were introduced to North America by European settlers in the early 1600s. Photo: Wikipedia/Martin Doege

In Episode 4 of Gephardt’s Garden Adventure, my sidekick, certified master gardener Leslie Woodmansee, shows us how to design our pumpkin patches so they yield one big specimen: the kind of pumpkin that keeps Linus awake at night and also has the making of a grand jack-o-lantern.

Photo: Wikipedia
Photo: Wikipedia

Also in Episode 4, another trick for taking out weeds — and you’ll only have to use it once.

For these and other cool gardening tips, click on the player above.

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