How To Grow Pumpkins

April 1st, 2010 by John Wolfe

With pumpkin seed planting weather almost upon us, I found a few tips for growing pumpkins that will be fit to grace your Halloween display. If you’re a newbie at growing your own gourds, don’t feel bad–I’m right there with you. However, I am making a commitment this year to starting my own pumpkin patch with seeds I saved from 2008′s Halloween jack-o-lanterns.

It should be a lot of fun to finally grow my own, plus it’ll keep me motivated to deweed the yard more often.

Source: YT user, ehowgarden

For more tips on growing pumpkins for Halloween, you might want to checkout this article at Gardening Know How and also this one at Informed Democracy.

4 Responses to “How To Grow Pumpkins”

  1. autumnforest Says:

    You know, I did plant my pumpkins a few days ago–fingers crossed, but I forgot to consider planting some interesting gourds. Right now, I just put them along my walls to sprawl along them. I need to get a serious permanent planter in because I grow crops all winter and had to take down the last planter–bermuda grass took over. I need to come up with a better way to plant things above the ground where ants and bermuda grass won’t get them. I also planted sunflowers–they remind me of fall too when they’re waving around in the air in September…

  2. ShellHawk Says:

    If you tune into the last episode of Haunt Cast, I just did my segment on pumpkin growing. you should be able to pick up some good tips!
    http://www.hauntcast.net
    Soryy to plug myself, but there really is good pumpkin info there, and I was planning on posting my transcript!

  3. Goldie Says:

    Yes, I remember you wanted to grow your own pumpkins and corn which I highly recommend. Gardening is extremely rewarding and truly a wonderful experience to have. G planted his first garden this time last year with the help of the “girls” and was delightfully surprised to see everything doing so well. By summer time we had lemon cukes, collard greens, broccoli and little carrots. Gardens DO need tending to daily though, moist soil, just the right mix of sun and shade and of course TLC and good energy coming from the gardener. With the energy signature you ooze, your Halloween garden should be ready in no time flat.

    Oh and awesome work on the angel of death. It’s coming along nicely John.

  4. John Wolfe Says:

    autumnforest,

    That’s what’s so great about your weather being as warm as it is–you guys can start even earlier on gardening with a longer growing season. I’m going to wait a little longer until I plant mine, probably until May–we were still in the low 30s last night.

    My planting situation is similar to yours–I don’t have a permanent planter, but I did clear some space a couple of years ago in the backyard. I’ll just loosen up the soil in that spot and mix in some mulch–hopefully they will do well there. Oh yeah, I love sunflowers, too. Usually they grow all over the place along the roadsides in NM during the fall.

    I hope your garden does very well!

    ShellHawk,

    Great to hear from you! No worries about plugging your project–it’s completely relevant to the post and should be another good resource to help people out if they’re “first-timers” like me. Thanks for letting us know about it.

    Goldie,

    I thought about adding in some other vegetables, but I eat/blend so many vegetables per day that I’d have to make my entire backyard into the garden for it to last me any length of time. :) Most everyone swears that pumpkins are one of the easiest vegetables to grow and with my limited amount of time to spend on gardening, I thought I’d keep it simple and stick to growing gourds. No doubt, I’ll probably end up adding a small amount of corn too, ’cause I love it so much!

    I appreciate that about the Angel.