Get Ready for Hijinks this Halloween

By Susan Littlefield

Halloween, that holiday of tricks and treats, may seem a long way away as winter cold and snow still covers much of country. But it's not too early to be planning your hijinks -- in the form of pumpkins, that is!

A 2011 All-America Selections Vegetable Award winner, 'Hijinks' pumpkin will make a great contribution to your Halloween fun. Producing small, uniformly sized and shaped, 6 to 7 pound fruits, this variety has smooth, deep orange skin with distinctive grooves that make it great for fall decorating, carving, or painting. Bred by Sakata Seeds, it is a high yielder with excellent resistance to powdery mildew. Other attributes that make this variety a winner are strongly attached stems and easy removal of fruits from the vine.

The vines can grow up to 15 feet long, so give 'Hijinks' plenty of room, allowing 10 feet between rows and 2 to 3 feet between plants in the row. It's ready in 100 days from direct seeding; 85 days from transplant.

All-America Selections winners are new garden seed varieties that have been judged to have superior garden performance in impartial trials in North America.

For more information about 'Hijinks' pumpkin and other AAS 2011 award winners, go to All-America Selections.

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