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Posted February 19, 2014 - 11:12 PM

I'm thinking about planting some pumpkins this year and I was wondering how far the plants should be spaced?. I grew some the year before last but I'm not sure how far apart they were and if they should have been closer/farther than they were.

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Posted February 19, 2014 - 11:55 PM

We have grown them a few times, its always hit or miss here.
if doing just a few, i find that the easy way is to 1/2 bury a coffee can or something like that with holes in the bottom. Then hill up to the top of the can. Plant the seeds around it and water in the can often enough to keep the soil damp, not wet. Mine used up about an 8' square. There are bush style ones too that don't spread out as far.

You might put some milk in with the first few waterings, it supposedly helps them germinate and I'm sure the calcium will help with blights and rots.
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Posted February 20, 2014 - 05:52 PM

Sounds good. I'm going to dedicate around 250-300 sq feet to pumpkins so I would want around 30 to 38 plants in an area that size?
Do pumpkins grow well using a bit of manure for fertilizer?

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Posted February 20, 2014 - 06:24 PM

They like most of the same things that all plants like. I think they like it just a scosh acidic (check me there) and they do not like standing water or over wet conditions.

Last few years, blossom rot and vine rot were partly because of wet and partly because of the need for some lime we think. We will see how the spring is to see if we can get some on the garden.
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Posted February 21, 2014 - 12:08 AM

Thanks for the advice. I'm looking forward to growing some again. I am going to put lots of mulch on around them to hold in moisture so I don't need to water as much
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Posted February 21, 2014 - 09:16 AM

Watch out for the deer!
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Posted February 21, 2014 - 11:51 PM

Do you work in the vines after or take them away? Last time I grew them I ended up dragging them off because they would wrap on the tiller when I tried working them in

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Posted February 22, 2014 - 06:42 PM

We piled them and burnt them with the corn stalks.
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Posted February 23, 2014 - 05:41 PM

COMPOST THEM!


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Posted February 23, 2014 - 09:41 PM

Typically plant in a hill, with about 6 ft of space all around.  You can also plant seedlings or even seedsa in rows, spacing about 2 feet apart and having your rows 6 ft apart.  I've had the best luck growing out plants early, and then transplanting into my rows/hills.  But be sure to harden them off first (letting them sit outside uncovered during the day to acclimate).  They need some space, but not as much as you think.  Let them grow together, and sometimes this helps with keeping weeds down.  Good luck.  And yes, pull off the vines.  Composting them is a good Idea too.


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Posted February 23, 2014 - 10:22 PM

I mow the vines right in the garden and then cultivate them in last thing in the fall.
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