You're right, Murf. Illinois isn't much good of you enjoy personal liberties, but the climate is perfect for growing corn and pumpkins. My problem isn't the climate, though. My problem is the critters. The rabbits in my town are nothing short of a biblical plague. I have several families of them nestled under the pine tree in my front yard. They can turn any vegitable garden into a tossed salad in about as much time as it would take group of teenagers to go through a pizza. Then there are the squirls. Everyone in town seems to love them as they leave out corn and other "goodies" for them all the time. The trouble is, the squirls also help themselves to what's ever in the vegitable garden. Finaly, if you should find yourself at a hotel near Dwight Illinois and you experience an ocassional sleepless night, you can hear the termendous number of crows flying over head. Thei can just about blacken the sky, and rais a major ruckus with their constant cawing. The car dealorships are desperate for something to be done. (for obvious reasons) One car dealor owner actualy sat on the foof of his show room building with a shot gun, because he's tired of having to wash and detale every brand new car in his inventory every morning.
I've been growing my veggies in my basement with grow lights and flower pots. My onions, green beans, peas and raddishes did great, as did my spinach, but corn and pumpkins just don't do too well in an indoor grow. So it appears that I'll be buying my corn on the cob this Summer at a local Farmers Market, and I'll be buying my next Halloween jack o'lanterns at my local store or at a pumpkin patch.