Pumpkin crops do well despite extreme heat and lack of rain

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By Candis Carpenter

This year’s excessive heat and lack of rain hasn’t had a major effect on pumpkin and gourd crops, according to Becky Wilmoth of  “Wilmoth’s Pumpkins & More.”
Wilmoth who owns the pumpkin patch with her husband, Eric and three sons Wade, 8, Levi, 9 and Trent, 17 said this year hasn’t been as bad as it could have been.
“Most things did pretty well,” said Wilmoth. “Excessive heat and not enough rain caused a few things to not get as big as they usually would have.”
In their fifth year of business, the Wilmoth family has grown from offering only 15 different kinds of pumpkins, squash and gourds to now offering more than 70 varieties and a corn maze.
Several varieties grown on the farm can be used for more than just decoration – they are edible. Labels are placed below the produce listing the specific name, edibility and when possible, flavoring and texture.
The Wilmoths originally began the operation to teach their children the payoff of hard work.
“We wanted them to learn what it’s like to make money,” said Wilmoth, “to make your way.”
Over the past few years the family has learned what crops produce well and which ones do not – as well as learning proper planting and fertilizer procedures.
 “It’s a learning experience for the whole family,” said Wilmoth, “and the boys seem to really enjoy it.”
The Wilmoth children spend much of their afternoons and weekends working to harvest their crops and preparing them for selling.
Along with pumpkins, gourds and squash, they also sell fall décor, handmade soaps, local honey, dried gourds, Indian corn, mums and painted pumpkins.
The general public,  churches and other groups are welcome to visit. “Wilmoth’s Pumpkins & More” is located 3.6 miles on the left on Shepherdsville Road in Hodgenville. They are open 4 p.m. to dark Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to dark on Friday and Saturday.