Growing pumpkins stands as an enduring symbol of fall, whether they end up as smiling jack-o’-lanterns or stacked near cornstalks for a lovely autumn scene. But this vegetable boasts more than good looks. It’s also full of nutrition, dishing up vitamin C, beta-carotene, fiber and potassium. One half cup of cooked pumpkin provides a day’s supply of vitamin A.
In the garden, pumpkins crave lots of moisture, compost-enriched soil and plenty of sun. Meet those requirements and these sprawling vines will bear a bumper crop, especially when you start with strong young pumpkin plants from Moss Greenhouses, the Idaho based company that has been lending a hand to home gardeners for over 70 years.