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If you love getting pumpkins each fall to cook, carve and decorate with, consider growing your own in the garden next year. Here are some tips to get healthy pumpkins of your own.
Make sure your pumpkins have lots of space for their vines, up to 50 feet or more. Plant when the soil is warm and water deeply only when needed.
According to the University of Illinois Extension
- Vining pumpkins require a minimum of 50 to 100 square feet per
hill. Plant seeds one inch deep (four or five seeds per hill). Allow 5
to 6 feet between hills, spaced in rows 10 to 15 feet apart. When the
young plants are well-established, thin each hill to the best two or
- Plant semi-bush varieties one inch deep (four or five seeds per
hill) and thin to the best two plants per hill. Allow 4 feet between
hills and 8 feet between rows.
- Plant miniature varieties one inch deep, with two or three seeds
every 2 feet in the row. Rows should be 6 to 8 feet apart, with
seedlings thinned to the best plant every 2 feet when they have their
first true leaves.
- Plant bush varieties one inch deep (1 or 2 seeds per foot of row)
and thin to a single plant every 3 feet. Allow 4 to 6 feet between
Pumpkins can be cultivated by leaving a 3-4 inch stem and cutting them off the vine when they are a deep orange color with sharp shears. There’s even tips on how to grow giant pumpkins in your home garden.
It can be such a treat to see that orange pumpkins peeking out from a field of green vines! Have you grown pumpkins at home? Any tips you want to share?