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The Perfect Pumpkin!

It’s that time of the year again to go in search of the Great Pump-kin. But have you ever wondered how did your pumpkin grow?Gather up the family and let’s head to your favorite pumpkin patch and find out.

Your pumpkin’s life started a few months ago. The farmer had to carefully chose the spot for planting the patch, a large area with a lot of sunshine. Sometime after the earth had warmed from the winter and the mornings were no longer frosty in late May and early June, the pumpkin seeds were planted into the dark rich soil. The sun continued to warm the earth and rain fell on the land. Deep in the soil, the pumpkin seed grew roots and leaves began to appear out of the dirt. The leaves grew large and after five weeks, the first flowers appeared. It contained two kinds of flowers - a male and a female flower. The male flowers had a stamen in the center that contained the pollen. The female flower had a baby pumpkin at its base. The pumpkin vine’s big bright flowers attracted many in-sects. They would come often to visit the flowers and as they walked from the male flower to the female flower, pollination occurred...

Read more about Pumpkins in today's Down On The Farm!

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