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After searing summer season, UK pumpkin farm ready for Halloween

MAIDSTONE, England (Reuters) – A pick-your-own pumpkin patch boasting over 70 varieties in Kent, southeast England, is getting British households into the Halloween spirit.

Pumpkin farmer Charlie Eckley planted his seeds in May ready for an October harvest and this yr’s sizzling, dry summer season solely had a small affect on the dimensions of this yr’s crop.

“The pumpkins have done really well but they are slightly smaller than normal,” he stated. “I grow four varieties of sweetcorn as well and they all failed totally this year.”

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His 22-acre Pumpkin Moon web site in Maidstone is now receiving households visiting to select pumpkins and squash.

“I love Halloween, I love encouraging people out into the farm, into the countryside, to get out of the house. So it’s not just my love of the actual pumpkins themselves. It’s to get families out enjoying the countryside, getting fresh air, in a field,” Eckley stated.  

An area customer, Amy Thorne, got here to the farm along with her daughter Eva dressed as a skeleton.

“It’s just nice to come down as a family, and they’re really beautiful as well, the pumpkins, so yeah, nice to decorate the house, get in the spirit,” Thorne stated.

Reporting by Helena Williams; Editing by William Schomberg and Alison Williams

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