Pumpkins are versatile vegetables to grow in the garden. The gourd can be used to create the carved pumpkin for Halloween as well as lending itsself to bake up delicious pies, soups, cakes and cookies. The toasted seeds are great in trail mixes or eaten by themselves as a snack. A large pumpkin patch can earn the gardener money in the fall with the sale of pumpkins to the local residents.
Form several mounds about 1 foot square with a small trench around each one. The trench will gather water for the roots as they start to develop.
Plant two or three pumpkin seeds in the center of each mound. There is no particular way to plant the seeds other than covering with about an inch of soil. Pat the top of the mound to ensure there are no air gaps which might let bacteria settle on the seeds.
Add the fish emulsion to the water or sprinkle the fertilizer on to the pumpkin mound. The added nutrients will give the seeds a boost and allow the plants to start with a rich, healthy soil.
Water the pumpkin seeds until the mound is wet but not drenched. About a half gallon of water is sufficient for first time watering. The plants will need to be watered frequently, about twice a week, when they sprout and start to grow.
Train the pumpkin vines by positioning them as they grow and spread out in the garden. Although the vines can be trained to grow on a trellis, the weight of the pumpkin makes it difficult to keep the fruit from falling off unless support is added to the pumpkin.
Allow bees and other insects to pollinate the pumpkin flowers when they bloom to ensure a healthy crop of pumpkins. When the pumpkins start to form, allow them to ripen on the vine.