How to Plant Organic Pumpkin Seeds


Pumpkins are most associated with the holiday season, whether it is pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving or jack o' lanterns at Halloween. They are a good addition to any garden, as they flourish quickly and add some splashes of color with their orange harvest and green vines. Growing organic pumpkins requires some time and patience, but not a lot of work or supplies.

Step 1

Prepare the soil by mixing with equal parts compost and manure. Pumpkins are heavy feeders and need lots of nutrients to start. Plan on planting pumpkins when the daytime temperature outdoors reaches about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Pick a location in your landscape where sun is present for at least six hours a day.

Step 2

Place the organic pumpkin seeds in a container of room temperature water the night before planting, letting them soak all through the night. This will soften the husk, helping the seed germinate more quickly.

Step 3

Build up a mound of dirt that is about 3 feet in diameter. Create a ring around this mound, sort of like a moat, to help contain water for the organic pumpkin's roots. For every two pumpkins you want, build up one of these hills. Space hills about 10 feet apart.

Step 4

Plant around five seeds, laid out in a circle with seeds about 6 inches apart, on top of each mound. Layer an inch of soil on top of these seeds to protect from birds. Use a watering can to sprinkle water in small amounts so that the soil doesn't run off the organic pumpkin seeds.

Step 5

Prune back all but the two to three thickest and healthiest stems once the seeds sprout.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost/manure
  • Shovel
  • Watering can


  • Growing Pumpkins
  • Planting Organic Pumpkin Seeds
  • Caring for Pumpkin Seeds
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Lauren Wise is a journalism major from Arizona State University with over forty published magazine and media articles and over 400 Web site articles. Wise owns Midnight Publishing with over eight years experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food and wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in magazines including Runway, A2Z, Scottsdale Luxury Living and True West.