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How to Create a Pumpkin Patch

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Overview

There is nothing like a pumpkin patch to capture a child's imagination in the fall. Pumpkins are used for fall decoration and to make pies and other delicious desserts. Creating a productive pumpkin patch is easy if you follow a few simple rules.

Step 1

Calculate the time to plant your pumpkins by counting back from the time you need them. For example, most pumpkin plants take 110 days from planting to produce a ripe pumpkin. If you want pumpkins in October, plant seeds in July.

Step 2

Locate an area in the garden that is large enough to support several pumpkin plants. A healthy pumpkin plant can spread 15 feet in all directions.

Step 3

Clean area of weeds and debris. Make several hills or rows, keeping in mind that vines will be planted 5 to 6 feet apart in rows 6 to 8 feet apart.

Step 4

Add organic granulated fertilizer at recommended rate.

Step 5

Plant 4 to 6 pumpkin seeds 1 to 2 inches deep in one area at a time 6 feet apart. You will eventually thin each bunch of sprouting plants to two or three plants per hole.

Step 6

Water in well and water regularly during the growing season. For healthy pumpkins, don't allow plants to become stressed.

Things You'll Need

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Average garden soil
  • Organic granulated garden fertilizer
  • Water source

References

  • Growing Pumpkins from A to Z
  • Grow Your Own Pumpkins
  • Growing Pumpkins
Keywords: pumpkin patch, grow pumpkins, cultivate pumpkin patch

About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.