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How To Grow Pumpkins -Preparing the Pumpkin Patch
Preparing the pumpkin patch is a very important step towards producing great
pumpkins. Pumpkin plants have voracious appetites for fertilizers and nutrients.
The more you do to improve your garden soil, the bigger your harvest time
Smart pumpkin growers work hard to improve their soil. You can do so in both
the spring, and the fall. In the fall, gardeners put lots of leaves and raw
(hot) manures into the soil, working it in thoroughly with a tiller. In the
spring, you can continue to improve the soil with well-rotted manure and
composted yard and kitchen waste.
Here's the basics for getting your pumpkin patch ready for spring
Seed Starting Dates
- There's a wide range of pumpkins, from giants to miniature Jack B. Little
pumpkins. Time the planting of your pumpkin seeds, so you will have ripe
pumpkins sometime in September.
Chronology - Review
the timetable for growing giant pumpkins, from seed starting, all the way
to the harvest festivals.
- It makes a big difference where you grow pumpkins. The plants have big
appetites, consume lots of water and require full sun.
Preparing the Bed
- Find out what you can do in the Fall and the Spring, to make your pumpkin
patch ready, to grow the very best pumpkins.
beyond the Bed - Pumpkin vines grow a long ways. Enrich your garden soil
over the entire patch, so secondary vines can feed and nurture your plants
Soil Conditions, Amendments
and Mulch - Pumpkin plants need a loose, loamy soil to hold lots of water.
The soil in pumpkin patches needs to be as fertile as you can make it.
Ideal Soil pH Level
- Find the ideal pH level, so your pumpkins grow healthy and B-I-G.
Adding Fertilizers and
Micro-nutrients - In the spring before planting time, add a general purpose
fertilizer that is high in nitrogen and has a broad spectrum of micro-nutrients.
Work it into the soil.
Garden Manures - High
in NPK and micro-nutrients, manure will pump up your pumpkin patch.
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