Follow these tips for growing extra-large pumpkins in your garden

An award-winning giant pumpkin on display at the Circleville Pumpkin Festival.

Cinderella rode the ball in a carriage that her imaginary godmother had made of pumpkins in the garden. Fairy tale, yes, but giant farmers gourd (max pumpkin) is able to routinely grow pumpkins the size of a small car, if not the size of Cinderella’s horse-drawn carriage! In fact, the world record for the heaviest squash ever grown was set last year in Italy and Weighing in at 2702 poundsWhich is heavier than some compact cars!

Mike Hogan

If you’re looking for a fun gardening activity for your kids or grandchildren, planting giant squash can be the one thing that keeps kids engaged in the garden all season long, as the process can be great for kids and adults alike. Even if you’ve already planted pumpkins in the garden, here are some tips that will help you get more fruit in your garden this season.