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The Great Pumpkin Competitive vegetable growers are closing in on an elusive goal—the one ton squash... Since the 1980s, giant pumpkins have tripled in size, thanks to strategic breeding and a new cadre of hard-core growers. Advances in soil science and technology have helped growers advance the frontiers of horticulture. Thomas Andres, a squash expert at the New York Botanical Garden, has predicted that the first 2,000-pound—one ton—pumpkin will appear in 2014.

How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin

Bavarian Martin Reiss's 88 stone pumpkin set the European record for biggest pumpkin. Ironically, it took 88 days to grow this big!