How To Grow Pumpkins
Planting Pumpkin Seeds
Growing pumpkins in a patch requires that you consistently
feed the soil with organic fertilizer, as they have a notorious
for nutrients. Add some good compost to your soil before planting and keep the soil mulched around the plants.
Find a patch to plant your pumpkin seeds where the sun is able to shine
unfiltered during the day, which assists in photosynthesis and
minimizing the amount of time that dew lays on the leaves.
Also preferable is a pumpkin patch that is located on a high water table. This will cause the
roots to reach deep into the soil enabling the plant to receive the needed nutrients.
Begin by planting four to five seeds to a hill, with each
hill approximately one inch deep. Growing pumpkins that are healthy and
sizeable requires that you have five to six feet between seed hills,
with rows being around twelve to fifteen feet apart.
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Different varieties of pumpkin seeds need different planting techniques. Pumpkins, which sprout on a vine, need a minimum of 60 square feet per hill,
with young plants being thinned out to leave the healthiest two or three plants remaining.
Pumpkins, which are "semi-bush" types need four feet between hills and around seven to eight feet between rows.
Two to three seeds of miniature pumpkin plants should be planted two feet apart with rows established at six to eight feet apart.
Regular weeding to eliminate weeds around the young plants is necessary when growing
pumpkins, as weeds will deplete the soil of the nutrients on which
Although pumpkins are able to withstand several weeks of dry and hot
weather, a lengthy dry period will weaken the plants. Irrigate if
necessary in order to keep them properly hydrated.
When you begin noticing bees hovering around your pumpkin plants, leave
them alone. They are necessary for pollination
to hover around pumpkin blossoms.
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Harvest pumpkins when they appear a rich orange color and the
rind is solid with no soft areas felt on the fruit, usually in late
September. Use pruning
shears when removing pumpkins from their vines, making sure to leave
around four inches of stem attached since pumpkins
missing stems will
not keep for very long.
Problems That May Occur in the Pumpkin Patch
While growing pumpkins during the summer, many gardeners encounter issues that may hinder growth. One is called "powdery mildew",
which is a mold
that can attach itself to the leaves and impede ripening of the
pumpkin. Try treating this mildew with a fungicide or organic substance
In addition, squash bugs and cucumber beetles are known to infest
seedlings and fruits. If this occurs, try spraying a cedar tea mixture
on the leaves by
boiling cedar chips in water and waiting until the water has cooled
With pumpkins in your garden you can now start looking from some great
new ways to enjoy this delicious food...but don't forget the ever yummy
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