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At this early point in the season, pumpkin growers should focus upon the healthy growth of their plants. A big, healthy root support system, will fuel the development of huge, orange fruit.....pumpkins!

Rich soil, ample amounts of well rotted compost, and a regular application of fertilizers will provide the fuel your plants need for stellar growth. In early July, those big, vigorous vines will produce lots of male and female flowers, and the pollination period will begin.

Here are some tips for early season care:

  •  Feed me, feed me - Pumpkin plants have voracious appetites. Early season focus should be upon nitrogen to fuel growth.
  • Watch out for early season pests. Tops among them is the cucumber beetle, which is easily controlled by Sevin and other insecticides.
  • Weed the patch - keep the patch weeded so your seedlings don't have to compete for water and nutrients.
  • Provide a constant supply of water - Keep the soil moist, but not wet at all times. Steady moisture levels translates into steady growth.
  • Cover the vines with garden soil. This promotes secondary root growth, and results in much bigger pumpkins.
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Giant Pumpkins- Every grower feels the urge to grow a giant pumpkin at least once in their lives. Those who try, are often hooked for life. The challenge is huge. While there are many varieties out there, we highly recommend you look for Dill's Atlantic Giant pumpkin seeds, the granddaddy of them all. Looking for the best genetics? While many seed companies offer Dill's Atlantic Giant pumpkin seeds, you'll get the best genetics through a fellow grower. Ask your pumpkin growing friends or your local garden store, for the names and contact information of competitive giant pumpkin growers. You can also contact your local giant pumpkin groups, if there is one in your area.

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