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The Perfect Pumpkin


The first week in October kicks off pumpkin season in the Ozarks. Choosing a pumpkin to last through Thanksgiving requires picking a healthy pumpkin. KSMU's Sheena Johnson has more...

The first week in October kicks off pumpkin season in the Ozarks. Choosing a pumpkin to last through Thanksgiving requires picking a healthy pumpkin. Gaylord Moore is a horticulture specialist with the University of Missouri Extension office in Greene County. He explains what to look for when choosing the perfect pumpkin.

When picking out the perfect pumpkin Gaylord Moore suggests paying close attention to the handle or stalk.

It doesn't make a difference if you buy your pumpkin at a store or a pumpkin patch however; Gaylord Moore says that freshness is the most important thing to consider when picking out a pumpkin. If you're looking for a larger pumpkin then you may want to go to a pumpkin patch.

If you're interested in growing your own pumpkins they require a lot of care. They need good nutrition, lots of water and good soil. Gaylord Moore explains the best time to plant a pumpkin.

Pumpkins should last through Thanksgiving if you give them proper care. The best way to preserve a pumpkin is to keep the pumpkins in cooler conditions. Leaving your pumpkins in warmer weather can make them deteriorate faster.