Pumpkin patch on track despite weather

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Updated: 9/16/2013 5:42 pm Published: 9/16/2013 5:05 pm

The dry spell in Tulsa is over. Although lawns may have suffered, autumn pumpkins are plumping normally in time for Halloween.

"They really don’t like lots of water," said Don Carmichael, owner of Carmichael Produce. "But we could of used a little more rain."

Carmichael said he doesn't grow the types of pumpkins that people are accustomed to seeing in the fall. Instead, he grows ornamental pumpkins. But for all families and variations of the crop, he said cooler temperatures help more than heavy rainfall.

"Anytime you’ve got 10 or 15 degrees less, it helps your stuff," he said. "It doesn’t suffer as bad as it does, especially when it's dry."
Carmichael said the popular-selling pumpkins come from all over the country, and he's shipping in more during the coming weeks.

"We can always find orange pumpkins though, and pie pumpkins," he said.

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