How to grow pumpkins

May 28, 2012

Pumpkins are very famous for their taste in pies and for making faces from them when Halloween comes. In this article I will teach you how to grow pumpkins. You must know that pumpkins are a long-season crop but you won’t need a lot of time to learn how to grow them.

From your local nursery you will have to buy pumpkin plants or you can start seeds indoors. If you are choosing to start seeds indoors then you will have to do that with three weeks before your regions last expected frost. If you are staying in a region with a long and warm growing season then you should sow the seeds when the soil temperature reaches 60 degrees F directly in the garden.

In your garden you will have to choose a planting site for the pumpkins that gets full sun light. An important thing that you have to learn if you want to know how to grow pumpkins is that the soil must have a pH of 6.0 to 6.8. Another thing that you will have to know is that the pumpkins need a lot of light and besides that they also need a very rich soil that drains well. If you want to be sure that there is the right combination just dig in a big amount of compost and well-cured manure.

You will have to till your pumpkin patch deep and wide because the roots and vine of them will spread as far as 15 feet in all directions. That is an important thing that you have to learn if you want to know how to grow pumpkins.

When all danger of frost has passed from your region you will have to harden off the seedlings and transport them to the garden, you will have to do the same thing for the store-bought or homegrown seedlings. You will have to allow at least 5 feet between plants in each direction. Learning how to grow pumpkins isn’t that hard and now comes the easy part of it.

An important thing that you have to do is that you will have to mulch with organic matter after the plants have been established. You will have to do that for conserving moisture and deter weeds. You can use floating row cover or cloches to protect young plants from chilly winds. These are two very important things to learn on how to grow pumpkins. Every week you will hate to water the plants with 1 to 2 inches of water. When they are blooming and setting fruit is very important to get 1 to 2 inches of water a week.

The last thing that you have to learn on how to grow pumpkins is that you will have to rotate them once in a while to keep them symmetrical. I hope that now you know how to grow pumpkins.

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