5 Steps to Growing Pumpkins

There are lots of Pumpkin varieties to pick from, we planted an “Heirloom” variety called Connecticut Field a few years ago. We save some of the seeds from our best looking pumpkin every year. This year we are also planting Sugar Baby ( a small pie variety)and Fairy Tale pumpkins (they can be eaten but I want them for decoration), for something different.

Well now that you have your seeds, grab a shovel and a pair of gloves and head out to a nice sunny area of freshly turned over ground. Oh, and bring some manure with you. We use rabbit manure.

Step 1: Dig a hole about a foot across and 6-8 inches deep.

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Step 1

Step 2: Fill the hole with manure, pumpkins are heavy feeders. (that’s the Stinky part) We use rabbit manure.

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Step 2

Step 3: Cover with the dirt you shoveled out and make a mound.

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Step 4: Plant your seeds or seedlings in the top of the mound, we started ours in the greenhouse this year because of the rainy weather. If you start your pumpkins from seed you will need to start them in mid to late June. If you live in the Northeast, as we do.

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Step 5: Water, and make sure they are watered frequently, they are thirsty critters.

We got them planted just before the rain started again, so Mother Nature watered them for us.

Pumpkin vines can take a lot of room to grow, 10 feet or more. I have trellised smaller pumpkins. I have had most of my Connecticut Field pumpkins average 25- 40 lbs. using this method.

I planted the 3 different kinds in different areas, just to make sure no cross pollinating happens.

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12 thoughts on “5 Steps to Growing Pumpkins

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  2. Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop! I really need to get started on my fall garden, I just need to beat back the summer weeds first. (Sigh.) Pinning this, I’m going to find me some pumpkin seeds!

  3. Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop! I need to plant my fall garden, I just have to beat back the summer weeds first. (SIgh.) Pinning this post! I’m going to find me some pumpkin seeds now!

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