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Last year I let myLast year I let my Granddaughter smash 2 pumpkins we did not use. Now I have 9 pumpkin plants in the middle of my back yard that I'm not sure about. They are very healthy; big green leaves, alot of shoots, big gold fowers and can grow where they want. My problem is the base of the root. The plant is so large and heavy that it is cracking at the base. I have tried to switch sides for it to lay, but only got more cracked stalks. I have been putting dirt around the base to try and protect the thinning and yellowing stalk. I am now a pumpkin gardener, who is not sure how to protect her plants. They picked me and my yard and I need help. Thank you

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