Jaipi Sixbear is an established author of hundreds of helpful online articles. Jaipi learned to garden at an early age. She has old and new tips and tricks for growing your best garden ever.
Pumpkins are an essential part of Halloween and Thanksgiving. The cost of purchasing pumpkins for Jack-o-Lanterns and pumpkin pie has sky rocketed in the past few years. Here’s some tips for growing your own Great Pumpkin, like Charlie Brown.
1. Pumpkins love the sun. Plant your pumpkin seeds in a sunny location that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. The sun will help them grow and help them turn a beautiful bright orange. They are best picked when ripe and fully grown.
2. Fertilize initially and regularly. Pumpkins need adequate nutrition to grow properly. The best fertilizers for pumpkins are aged, sterilized manure or compost. I prefer to use compost, as it adds no nitrogen to soil runoff. Compost tea makes a great weekly liquid pumpkin fertilizer.
3. Plant them in hills. Pumpkins seeds should be planted in hills. Plant six seeds per hill for best results. The hills keep pumpkin roots, seeds and seedlings from getting overly wet. Pumpkins are susceptible to fungus.
4. Plant pumpkins far apart. Pumpkins need plenty of room to grow. They should be spaced at least ten feet apart. Pumpkins need air circulation and they don’t like to share nutrition with other pumpkins. Weed out all but two seedlings per hill when 2-3 inches tall.
5. Dig a moat around each hill. This is to hold water away from roots. Too much water on the roots encourages fungus. It also creates problems with air circulation. Let soil dry between waterings for further protection from molds and fungus.