How to Grow Your Own Pumpkins
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What you Need to Grow Your Own Pumpkins
- seeds rated for your hardiness zone
- decent soil
Choosing the Right Seeds
If you are strictly looking for pumpkins for Halloween decorations, any standard variety will do. Usually pumpkins that are best for growing large varieties are labelled Field, or Connecticut, or Jack -O- Lantern. If you are looking for stalk your freezer with a yummy puree for pies and future baking – pick something called a Winter, or Luxury, or Pie pumpkin. They are often sweeter and smaller. Both make great Jack-O-Lanterns and both make wonderful purees as far as I’m concerned though.
Hoeing a Hill
Pumpkin plants can get really really big. The leaves can become huge, and need access to light. The vines can easily grow to several feet long, and you can often get a multitude of pumpkins from one single plant. If you are growing pumpkins for solely your own purpose- start with one plant, give it as much room as you can spare, and in the highest hill you can make.
Make sure the soil is warm before you sow your pumpkin seeds, and don’t plant outdoors until all danger of frost has passed.
Water, Water, and More Water.
Set up an oscillating sprinkler on a timer to make sure your crop gets the best watering.
Once you notice a fruit established on the vine, try to reposition it so that it is sitting bottom down, on the ground. This will help it grow into a nice round shape.
Again, once the fruit is established, cover it with nylon (cut off the foot of a pair of pantyhose) to keep pests off of it.
When you have a couple established fruit on your vine, start pinching off any new flowers. This will make sure your plant is not wasting energy on new growth, and will help you grow bigger and better pumpkins.
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