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Pumpkins in July?
Pumpkins in July?

Tampa, Florida- As Busch Gardens began preparations earlier this year to transform the park into “The Dark Side of the Gardens” for its 13th annual Howl-O-Scream event this fall, the horticulture team realized that they faced a challenge: It's hard to find heirloom pumpkins and winter squash in Tampa in October.

Their soulution? To research seeds and plant their own heirloom pumpkin patch. 

Pumpkin preview here. 

“Last year was our first try at pumpkin farming which ended in miserable results due to heavy rains,” said Busch Gardens’ Director of Horticulture, Joe Parr in a release. “This year, we started in February with raised beds of rich compost made right here at the park with zoo and landscaping debris, and are watering with a water-conserving drip irrigation system.”

The challenge now will be to keep the ripe fruits looking their best until September, when autumn harvest displays appear in the park for both day guests, and Howl-O-Scream visitors to enjoy. 

If properly stored, pumpkins can last up to a year in Florida.

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